Is Daniel Messel responsible for other missing women from Bloomington?

An investigator has pointed out that there is a similarity between the death of Hannah Wilson and missing Lauren Spierer.

Hannah Wilson

Murdered:  Hannah Wilson was last seen at a party at the Hilton Garden Inn and then walked to the Kilroy’s Sports Bar.  Her friends said she was too drunk to go into the bar so they paid for a cab for her and gave the cab driver the address.  The next morning, Hannah’s body was found  in a vacant lot about 20 miles from the bar. 

Daniel Messel

Arrested:  Daniel Messel, 49, of Bloomington was arrested on April 24, 2015 and was charged in connection with Hannah’s death.  The details of her murder are horrible as she was struck 3-4 times on the back of the head with an unknown object.  But I need to divulge as killers tend to kill the same.  Messel has plead not guilty.

In a probably cause document at Messel’s hearing it read that a black cell phone in a red case was found near Hannah’s body.  Searching the numbers it led them to Messel.  Police also confiscated Messel’s Kia Sportage and found blood splattered on the driver’s side and clumps of long, black hair on the console. 

CBS found that Messel has been charged with battery in 1993 and 1996.  Messel’s stepfather said that Messel said he knew a girl named “hannah” from the bar and that Messel did not come home that Thursday night.  According to Indiana Department of Corrections records he was sentenced on 05/02/1996 on a Battery charge to 8 years but was released on 12/13/1999.

Missing Indiana Women:  Jump over to Lauren Spierer, who was last seen in 2011, was at Kilroy’s Sports Bar, the same place Hannah was at but did not go into.  Lauren then went to a friend’s off-campus apartment and left alone at 4:30 a.m.  She has not been seen since.   Lauren’s parents have long believed that two young men that were seen with her had something to do with her disappearance.  Note:  In July 2012, I wrote about a white truck that was thought might be connected to Lauren’s case, and I wondered if it was connected to the Mickey Shunick case.  Click here to read.   But, police ruled that the truck was not connected to Lauren after talking with the man that owned it. 

Molly Laura Dattilo, a student at IUPUI went missing on July 6, 2004 from Indianapolis.  She made a phone call from a pay phone at Thornton’s gas station on Crawfordsville Road. She was with John Shelton.  Shelton is a person of interest in her case and is currently in prison on other charges.  Molly is still missing.

Molly Dattilo
Composite of man who grabbed woman

Jill Behrman from Bloomington went missing in 2000.  She was finishing up her freshman year at Indiana Universtiy when she went  missing while on a bike ride.  Her skeletal remains were found by hunters in a wooded area in Morgan County. She had been shot in the head.  John Myers was convicted of her death.  Jill’s bike was found on Maple Grove Road in Monroe County, not far from the home of John Myers.  During this time a black truck was seen in the area and one woman from Elletsville said a man tried to abduct her.  The composite was put on Jill’s missing posters. 

John Myer

Marina Boelter who was 18 at the time was last seen at Bloomfield IGA (45 minutes from Bloomington) getting in a 2009 to 2011 Mercury Milan either silver to beige to gold in Dec. 2014. The Mercury had multi-spoke rims, a spoiler and a bluetooth or cellular sharkfin antenna on top.

Jennifer L Rogers, 31, of Bloomington Indiana was last seen at Shalom Center in Bloomington on Jan. 15, 2015.  She has not been seen or heard from since.

Alma Del Real went missing from South Bend Indiana on April 12, 2015.  South Bend is 3 and one-half hours away from Bloomington.  Alma was last seen around 3:30 am on April 12, 2015 getting into a car at the Rumbas night club. It is believed that she was dropped off at her home

So, there you have it.  With the information compiled on one page it is easier to decide for yourself if Daniel is responsible for any missing women from Indiana.

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