Private Detective Bo Dietl accused Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff of running a “Gomer Pyle” type operation in the investigation into the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, an Indiana University student who went missing after a night out with friends this past June.
WDRB also reported that Dietl took to the airwaves on the Good Day New York television show to broadcast his issues with the lead investigating entity in to Spierer’s disappearance.
Bloomington PD’s Diekhoff said he had, “been called worse,” and estimates that the insult was derived due to his unwillingness to break with police protocol and provide the private detective with case file information — which could impede justice for Lauren if and when the case makes its way to trial.
Dietl, who hails from a New York Police Department background, should be cognizant of standard police procedures in that regard, Diekhoff stated, and should have known better than to even ask.
“Quite frankly, I was a little surprised that Beau, as a retired police officer, wasn’t aware of the impropriety of a police department sharing investigatory information with a private agency,” Bloomington’s Chief said in a released press statement.
Diekhoff appears to be attempting to handle a bad situation with as much diplomacy as possible while striking a balance between ensuring Lauren Spierer will one day have justice and her family will have all information possible now that does not risk the investigation’s success.
Families of missing loved ones or to be forgiven for their desire to bring an end to their misery and obtain answers that continue to plaque them. They should even be given leeway to hire outside entities to offer access to any information that can be provided — within the letter of the law and not at the expense of Lauren or another victim receiving the justice due them.
Lauren’s parents, Robert and Charlene, can’t be expected to understand all the intricacies surrounding police protocals are the potential to impede their daughter receiving justice one day due to hiring outside entities who interfere adversely with the investigation. But their private attorney should understand that, as Bloomington PD’s Chief Diekhoff aptly pointed out.
“Lauren’s disappearance remains an ongoing, open investigation. As such, it is necessary that pertinent information is not revealed inorder to maintain the integrity of the investigation.”
It is a common police procedure to limit case file data to a “need to know” basis. And if anyone did have any doubt about the logical reasoning behind police agencies throughout the U.S. — and Bloomington in particular — following such a mandate that all flew out the window when the Spierer’s private detective went on live television and began calling Bloomington’s Police Chief “Gomer Pyle.”
Does that sound like the type of individual who can be trusted to ensure Lauren Spierer’s case receives the discretion and investigative focus needed to bring about a successful case conclusion? The last thing the Spierers need now is to give potential suspects legal grounds to mock the investigation in court later, or worse, file a legal suit against them for harrasment.
According to Chief Diekhoff, his law enforcement agency is already fielding complaints that one of Bo Dietl’s investigators has harrased several individuals thus far. That does not bode well for the Spierers and their desire for justice and information and it could have legal implications for Bo Dietl.
Robert and Charlene Spierer would likely have been better served to have the investigators do what Bloomington Police Department can’t do due to manpower and resource limitations: use surveillance techniques to keep an eye on potential suspects from afar, where observations could lead to witnessing another crime in progress or a lead on Lauren Spierer’s whereabouts.