Suspect charged as new details emerge in case of slain Indiana University student

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NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The man accused in the beating death of an Indiana University student has made his initial court appearance.

49-year-old Daniel E. Messel of Bloomington was formally charged with murder Monday in the slaying of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson. A judge ordered him held without bond and appointed a public defender for him.

A probable cause affidavit says investigators found blood in Messel's vehicle and discovered his cellphone next to Wilson's body. It says she was last seen around 1 a.m. Friday getting into a taxi alone outside a bar in Bloomington after friends determined she was too intoxicated.

Her body was found later that morning in Brown County, about 10 miles from the IU campus. The coroner says she had been struck about four times in the head, crushing her skull.

Meanwhile, the man who raised murder Messel told WXIN that his son spoke of knowing a girl named “Hannah” from the bars near the Indiana University campus in the weeks before Hannah Wilson disappeared and was found slain.

Additionally, an investigator told WXIN that the Wilson case is "eerily similar" to the June 2011 disappearance of IU student Lauren Spierer. She has never been found.

Friends of Wilson said that the slain coed was last seen at the same bar Spierer visited in the hours before she disappeared.

[TIMELINE: Hannah Wilson’s disappearance]

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