C. Ind. man evaluated, claimed connection to Spierer case

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 2:09 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Authorities say a man who police found with guns and watching the bar where an Indiana University student was last seen has been released from a hospital following a mental evaluation.

Police Captain Joe Qualters said Friday that officers took the man to a hospital for a 24-hour detention as allowed by law and later were told that he had been released. He says the hospital didn't provide any more information due to patient confidentiality.

The 56-year-old man told police he had been in the parking garage watching the Bloomington bar where Lauren Spierer partied with friends before she disappeared in June 2011. Police said Wednesday that the man had two loaded semi-automatic handguns in his pockets and a loaded shotgun in the trunk of his car when he was discovered Saturday. Officers found another 48 weapons when they searched the man's Indianapolis home Sunday.

Police say the man made bizarre comments about Spierer's disappearance and claimed he met her once at a shooting range.

Police Captain Joe Qualters said the man wasn't believed to be involved in Spierer's disappearance.

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