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Is Daniel Messel responsible for other missing women from Bloomington?

Is Daniel Messel responsible for other missing women?

UPDATE 11/5/17:  WTHR has written a story about Daniel Messel and is bringing up possibility of Messel being responsible for murdering many more young woman, as I reported back in 2015.

WTHR is reporting that there were many women that reported a man attempting to abduct them that they reported to the police in 2012.  They did have DNA from a rape and attempted abduction, but they could not match it.  Even though the police had Messel’s DNA back in 1997, they never did enter it into a database.  Bottom line they probably could have caught Messel and arrested him long before it got to the point where he murdered Wilson.  Messel is now facing charges for one of those 2012 attacks.

License plate

WTHR reports that one unnamed survivor memorized the car’s license plate of the man who tried to accost her in 2012.  It turned out to be the “license plate number found on Messel’s Kia SUV after his arrest in the Hannah Wilson case two and a half years after her encounter with Messel,” reported WTHR.

Prosecutor Ted Adams says Messel remains a person of interest in the disappearance of Lauren Spierer.

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


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 (I am now wondering if this was actually a cab they called for her or was it Uber?)  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

UPDATE: Messel was convicted of first-degree murder and a habitual offender charge in August 2016. Brown Circuit Court Judge Judith Stewart sentenced him to 60 years for the murder charge and added 20 years for the habitual offender charge based on his violent criminal history.


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.

More women

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 January 15, 2015, and she has not been seen or heard from since.

Haleigh Eichborn, 26, died of a fatal assault. Forensic toxicology as well as forensic entomology analyses will be performed to find out how long she had been outside.  She’s been missing since April 27, 2017.

An unnamed woman went to police in 2016 to tell them she was raped and attacked in 2012.   DNA was found under her names after the attack and the DNA was linked back to Messel.

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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