Sorority sister from same school as Lauren Spierer found beaten to death 20 miles from campus 'after getting into a cab at 1am'. Now convict, 49, is arrested in connection

  • Hannah Wilson, 22, was last seen in Bloomington at about 1am on Friday
  • A missing persons report regarding the Gamma Phi Beta sorority member was filed Friday afternoon
  • Police found Wilson's body in Needmore, more than 20 miles from campus
  • She died after being struck in the back of the head multiple times by an unknown object 
  • Daniel Messel, 49, of Bloomington was arrested and is facing a preliminary charge of murder 
  • The connection between Messel and Wilson has not been revealed by police 

A man has been arrested after the body of a 22-year-old missing Indiana University student was found more than 20 miles from campus. 

Police confirmed that Hannah Wilson's body was found on Friday in the rural area of Needmore, Indiana, which is about an hour drive outside Bloomington, where she attended school, police said. 

Daniel Messel, 49, of Bloomington, was arrested after a police investigation and he is facing a preliminary charge of murder. 

Brown County Coroner Earl Piper told the Herald Times that Wilson was struck three or four times in the back of the head with an unknown object, which was not found at the scene. 

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Indiana University student Hannah Wilson, 22, was last seen at about 1am on Friday
Her body later turned up in a rural area of Brown County in Needmore, which is more than 20 miles from the Bloomington campus

Indiana University student Hannah Wilson, 22, was last seen at about 1am on Friday. Her body later turned up in a rural area of Brown County in Needmore, which is more than 20 miles from the Bloomington campus

A photo circulated social media on Friday in hopes of finding the Gamma Phi Beta sorority sister who was studying psychology

A photo circulated social media on Friday in hopes of finding the Gamma Phi Beta sorority sister who was studying psychology

Piper said Wilson was found fully clothed and there was no sign of sexual assault, according to Sky News.  

Piper said that Wilson  would have been dead four to seven hours when police were notified that she was missing on Friday, the Indy Star reported.

With that being the timeline, Wilson, a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at IU, would have died sometime between 1.30am and 4.30am.   

The connection between Messel and Wilson is unclear, police said. The young woman was last seen at around 1am on Friday, according to the Crimson Quarry

Toxicology reports for the woman will not be available for ten to 14 days. 

Information surrounding Wilson's disappearance has not been released, but she went missing on the same weekend of celebrations for the Little 500, an annual bicycle race held on campus that is known for its party atmosphere. 

Though rumors circulated on Twitter that Wilson was last seen getting into an Uber car - creating a possible connection to Messel being a driver - an Uber spokesperson told a Herald Times reporter that he was not a driver with the company.  

Arrested: Daniel Messel, 49, has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. A cellphone that police traced back to Messel was found at Wilson's feet and investigators allegedly found blood inside his vehicle

Daniel Messel, 49, of Bloomington, was arrested in connection to the case and faces a preliminary murder charge

Wilson, originally from Fishers, Indiana, was a senior studying psychology at the university. 

'I can't even stop crying,' a friend of Wilson told WTHR. 'I keep expecting her to text me back or to wake up and this all be a horrible nightmare.'

A friend of Wilson's, Matt Molewyk, posted a tribute to his 'best friend' on his Facebook fan page along with the pair of them together standing behind DJ equipment. 

He wrote: 'She was always there when I needed to talk and complain about trivial things. She could always get me to laugh when I was down. 

'She's the rare type of person that really makes an impact on you. She was so loving and down to earth. She cared about everyone and she was a genuine person, which is rare these days.'

He added that he planned to dedicate his DJ set on Friday to Wilson and that she was 'one of, if not the most loyal friend' he had.  

Matt Molewyk, pictured here with Wilson, wrote a tribute to his friend on Facebook, claiming that Wilson was 'one of, if not the most loyal friend' he had

Matt Molewyk, pictured here with Wilson, wrote a tribute to his friend on Facebook, claiming that Wilson was 'one of, if not the most loyal friend' he had

Molewyk said that Wilson had an 'infectious' laugh and that he wished she was on stage with him like she had been in the past. 

He added: 'She was a wonderful human being and I hope that when the day comes that I leave this earth, that I can hopefully leave half as much of a positive impression on people as she did.

'I truly love you Hannah, and I would give anything and everything I have just to hangout with you one more day. I would even trade places with you because I am not half the person you are. 

'I love you so much, and I will never forget you. I know you supported me and I am going to continue to pursue my dreams in hopes that I can make you proud and hopefully leave a positive impact on people, like you have left on me.

'I am so lucky to have had all the time that I did with you - thank you for being my friend and putting up with me. I love you so much Hoon.'

Wilson went missing on the same night as the Little 500, an annual celebration surrounding a bicycle race on campus that is known for its party atmosphere
Police have not revealed information as to the connection between Wilson (pictured) and Messel

Wilson went missing on the same night as the Little 500, an annual celebration surrounding a bicycle race on campus that is known for its party atmosphere. Police have not revealed information as to the connection between Wilson (pictured) and Messel

Other friends, too, posted photos together with Wilson and mourned the loss of the woman on social media. 

Indiana University released a statement on the incident Friday. 

Wilson's death comes four years after Indiana University student Lauren Spierer went missing in 2011. She was never found

Wilson's death comes four years after Indiana University student Lauren Spierer went missing in 2011. She was never found

'The entire IU Bloomington community mourns the tragic death of Hannah Wilson. Our deepest sympathies go out to Hannah's family and friends during this unspeakably sad time,' the statement read. 

Gamma Phi Beta sorority also released a statement regarding Wilson's death. 

'The entire Gamma Phi Beta family mourns the tragic loss of Hannah. She was a sister, friend and cherished member who will be genuinely missed,' International president Krista Davis said. 

She continued: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with Hannah's friends, family and the women of Beta Phi Chapter'.  

This is not Messel's first run in with the police, according the the Indiana Daily Student.

 He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and endangering persons in 1995. 

A year later he was sentenced to eight years in prison for battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. 

Indiana State Police have yet to release more information about the case. This isn't the first time, however, a woman has gone missing from IU's campus. 

Lauren Spierer was 20 years old when she went missing in 2011. Jill Behrman disappeared after going for a bike ride in 2011. Both cases still remain unsolved.

Both Indiana University and the national organization of Gamma Phi Beta released statements regarding Wilson's (right) death. Gamma Phi's international president said Wilson was a 'sister, friend and cherished member who will genuinely be missed'

Both Indiana University and the national organization of Gamma Phi Beta released statements regarding Wilson's (right) death. Gamma Phi's international president said Wilson was a 'sister, friend and cherished member who will genuinely be missed'

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