Mother of missing IU student Lauren Spierer posts message on fourth anniversary of daughter’s disappearance

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Lauren Spierer

BLOOMINGTON (June 3, 2015) – Wednesday marks the four-year anniversary of the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

She disappeared after a night of drinking with friends. She was reportedly walking toward her apartment at Smallwood Plaza in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011, after partying at Kilroy’s Sports Bar and a friend’s apartment earlier.

Spierer was never seen again. She hasn’t been found and no arrests have been made in the case. Her parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, filed a civil lawsuit to get answers from those who last saw her on the day she disappeared. A judge dismissed the lawsuit; the family has appealed the ruling.

The Spierer family is determined to keep the search for Lauren alive, keeping an active social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. Her mother posted a message on Facebook Wednesday morning describing how her older daughter was the first to learn that Lauren was missing:

Our older daughter, Rebecca, was the first to learn about Lauren’s disappearance. Something as simple as answering her phone on June 3, 2011, changed her life in a way that would never be the same. She called her father and Rob called me. Rebecca was 24. Lauren would be 24 now. I wish we could have shielded Rebecca from being the one to get that devastating news.

Someone once asked me how it feels like to be the parent of a missing child. It is indescribable. The nightmare you never wake up from. Spend a moment with your son or daughter today, something we have all taken for granted. How many times have you thought of something you forgot to say and decided it could wait until tomorrow? Now imagine you get up tomorrow and that person is gone. No warning. Without one last conversation, without one last kiss, without one last hug, text, email, telephone call. No chance to tell them how much you love them ever again. Just gone, as if they never existed. It doesn’t sound like reality. Surely it can’t be true. You may think this could never happen to you, but we are living proof, it can.

To say life is random would be an understatement. Four years ago today, Lauren disappeared. She had just finished her sophomore year at Indiana University. She had everything to live for. Someone took a life full of promise, away from our daughter. That person continues to breathe the same air Lauren should be breathing. Living their life, seemingly as if they have no responsibility for Lauren’s disappearance. I trust that somehow, some day, someone will be held accountable.

We will always love Lauren. She will always be a part of our family and we will NEVER stop looking for answers.

Someone knows where Lauren is and what happened on June 3, 2011. Please contact us with any information pertaining to Lauren’s disappearance.

Charlene Spierer

Bloomington Police Department – 812.339-4477
Find Lauren PO Box 1226 Bloomington, IN 47402
Beau Dietl & Associates – 800-777-9366

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