On Friday morning June 24th, 2011, three weeks after Indiana University student Lauren Spierer was last seen, H-T reporter Dustin Dopirak and reporting interns Donyelle Davis and Ashley Griffin spent midnight to 4 a.m. in the main areas frequented during those hours by college students. They started on Kirkwood Avenue but quickly moved on to the North Walnut and North College areas, where Spierer had been the night she disappeared. Here are some of their observations;
June 24th, 2011 3:35 a.m. As silent as North Walnut is at this time of the early morning, North College A,venue is even more so. There are lights on in Smallwood Plaza, a hub of activity during the school year, but no residents walking around the premises. The area gets even quieter as the street numbers get higher. An SUV drives past apartments on North Morton Street, and slows down to let out two passengers. Recognizing that he’s startled three people who are walking on the sidewalk, the driver yells out the window, “We’re just dropping people off.”
As quiet as it is, North College is also dark. Streetlights are spread out, and several construction projects along the road have taken up space where other lighting would usually go. The only place between Eighth and 11th that is well-lit is the parking lot of the Waffle House, one of Bloomington’s few 24-hour eating establishments. Though it would appear to be the perfect destination for post-bar dining, on this night June 24th, 2011 the 3:30 a.m. crowd is made up of several police officers. Of the four cars in the parking lot, three are marked Bloomington Police Department cars.
June 24th, 2011, 4 a.m. "North Walnut Street and Kirkwood Avenue are both deserted. The two most commercial streets in downtown Bloomington are still well lit by streetlights and marquees, but the crowds have gone home for the evening, and even the bar workers seem to have dispersed. At 4 a.m. on this summer Friday, the streets are empty."
Vanished: Last-Known Steps of Lauren Spierer Led Her Past Waffle House on 10th Street and N. College Ave, Waffle House Was Open at 4:30 am.
“The only place open at 4:30 am on Friday June 3rd, 2011 along the path that Lauren Spierer took up and then back down N. College Ave near her apartment at Smallwood Plaza was the Waffle House at 530 N. College Ave. The Waffle House is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, there are cars in the parking lot that faces N. College Ave at all times, it has been determined that two male registered sex offenders work at this Waffle House.”
Let’s get real here, Lauren Spierer is very, very young looking, she is 20 years old with blond hair and blue eyes, but at 4′ 11″ tall and 98 lbs she looks like a 14 year old or even younger and fits the profile of a target for a sex offender who just might be working in the the neighborhood. Lauren Spierer was living at the SMALLWODD PLAZA APARTMENTS 455 N. COLLEGE AVE, Bloomington IN 47404, there are two troubled sex offenders working just across the street at the Waffle House 530 N COLLEGE AVE and around the croner there is one more at Domino’s Pizza 527 N WALNUT ST which delivers to the SMALLWODD PLAZA APARTMENTS.
One of the convicted sex offenders working at the Waffle House is John Chitwood he was convicted in April of 1996 for Child Molesting he did 5 years of a 13 year sentance with 8 years suspended in the State Prison system he got out April 2001.
John Chitwood is a two time convicted sex offender he went back to prison in April of 2003 for Child Molesting he was released this time in Jan of 2004, see Indiana Dept. of Corrections info click here. John Chitwood, DOB 7/15/1962, age 48, is a registered sex offender until the year 2062, he is a serious sex offender working at the Waffle House right across the street from where Lauren Spierer was living.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator Sarasota Fl www.wbipi.com