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Police say the home was once the residence of Justin Wagers, who has numerous convictions for sex-related offenses

By Char Adams
Updated January 29, 2016 08:35 AM
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Police and FBI agents have searched the former home of a registered sex offender on Thursday in connection with the 2011 disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Acting on a tip, agents and Bloomington police searched a house in Morgan County, about 30 miles north of Bloomington, a Bloomington Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

Authorities brought cadaver dogs to the scene as well, CNN reports.

Authorities said the home was once the residence of 35-year-old Justin Wagers, who was arrested in August 2015 on an indecent exposure charge and has numerous convictions for sex-related offenses, NBC News reports.

However, Wagers’ attorney told NBC in a statement that he “has no knowledge regarding the disappearance of Lauren Spierer or any other missing person.”

Spierer, from Westchester County, New York, vanished in June 2011 from Bloomington after a night out with friends. Police said then that she was last seen at 4:30 a.m. Her purse and keys were found nearby.

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Spierer’s mother, Charlene, told WTHR on Thursday that she has made several pleas for any information that would help authorities find her daughter.

“There have been so many waiting to hear, waiting to hear, waiting to hear, that never said it was related to Lauren and this is just making me sick now,” she said.

“I want to find Lauren more than anything in the whole wide world and that’s the most important thing.”