BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On June 3, 2011 an Indiana University student disappeared in Bloomington. It is one of the biggest mysteries in Indiana. The case even drew national attention.
Now, five years later, the search for Lauren Spierer continues and her parents are still hopeful the answers will come.
“It’s still unbelievable that we don’t know what happened to her and so I think we all try to pause on this day and try to remember her,” said IU Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith.
A security camera picture of Spierer in the hallway of her Smallwood Plaza apartment as she was leaving the building is the last known picture of her since her disappearance.
She vanished in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011 and has not been seen since.
Five years later, the search for Lauren presses on. For Bloomington Police, the case remains a top priority.
Private investigators hired by Lauren’s family the also continue to search.
“They’re never going to quit, and as far as I’m concerned I’m never going to quit until we bring her home,” said Michael N. Ciravolo of Beau Dietl & Associates.
For Lauren’s mother and father Charlene and Robert, the pain is still very raw.
Charlene Spierer posted on Facebook leading up to the anniversary.
“Each milestone since her disappearance is accompanied by an awful weight of missing someone so loved it is palpable, but no day is as paralyzing as June 3,"she said.
“It’s unbelievable that it’s been 5 years and there’s no closure for the family,” said IU's Dean of Students, Pete Goldsmith.
Spierer and a group of friends were out drinking on the night of June 2.
The group ended the night at Kilroy’s Sports Bar just a block away from her N. College Avenue apartment. Witnesses reported that Spierer was drunk as she left the bar.
A massive search effort was carried out in the days following her disappearance, but Lauren was never found.
Bloomington Police say they've spent countless work hours investigated more than 3,500 tips and have looked for connections in other cases in and outside of Indiana.
“The correct information of where Lauren is just hasn’t come to us yet, but we continue to work on leads that I can’t talk about. There is an investigation going on as we speak,” said Michael N. Ciravolo of Beau Dietl & Associates.
In her message on Facebook, Charlene Spierer remains optimistic:
“Will we ever know the truth of what happened to Lauren? I still believe we will. Will those responsible ever be held accountable? I still believe justice will be served.”
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Anyone with information on the Lauren Spierer investigation is urged to contact the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org