One year later, family of Lauren Spierer searching for answers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)---In a new post on the FindLauren.com website, Lauren Spierer's parents write about the day their daughter went missing and the continued search for her.
"How to begin. A year ago, Lauren left Smallwood, walked a short distance to a friend's apartment and as we all tragically know, the rest is history. Lauren's story could be any young adult's story on any college campus. We hope Lauren's ending is never repeated. Here we are, one year after Lauren's disappearance, knowing in this very instant, there are people who know where Lauren is. The cruelty is almost unbearable. Think about it….think about someone who means the world to you….consider how you would feel if suddenly that person disappeared seemingly off the face of the earth. Think about how it would feel to wake up every single day knowing there is someone who could help you, give you answers and yet inexplicably refuses to do so. It is beyond comprehension. It is beyond "self preservation", it is the conscious decision of someone, to destroy a family, every second of every minute of every hour of every day, over and over again for an indeterminate amount of time. It truly is, almost unbearable. I say almost, because we have an undying love for Lauren. Lauren is like a breath of fresh air, she is the bright spot in the day of those who know her. Lauren would never give up, she would fight for answers, she would be the loudest voice. We will never give up, we will fight for answers, and we will be her voice", Rob, Charlene and Rebecca Spierer wrote.
Lauren Spierer was 20-years-old at the time she disappeared. She was last seen leaving a friend's apartment after a night out with friends at the bar.
Volunteers searched Bloomington, Indiana for clues, while police and family urged the public to help with information.
Spierer's story appeared on America's Most Wanted two times, leading to hundreds of tips.
Police were hopeful when they obtained surveillance images from her apartment building showing a white 4-door truck circling the building, and another showing an image of Spierer as she was last seen.
However, there was a roadblock when police later revealed the truck wasn't tied to case.
The day before Father's Day her father spoke to WDRB.
"My greatest wish for Father's Day is to get information to bring her home. That's what's been motivating us everyday," Robert Spierer said last June.
After a month of national attention, the searches and news briefings were scaled back.
"I'm pleading with you to be that person who defines yourself as the person who helped us," Charlene Spierer, Lauren's mother, said on June 20th, 2011.
The national attention for Spierer soon dwindled after months without developments in the case.
Recently, she was brought up again when Bloomington police made an inquiry with New Albany Police to see if there was a connection to suspected serial killer William Clyde Gibson.
Authorities have dispelled any link between Spierer and a missing Louisiana college student.
"There is a very great effort being placed forward by a number of people from a number of different agencies that are contributing to this investigation," says Captain Joe Qualters with Bloomington Police said in early May.
A $250,000 dollar reward is being offered by her family for information leading to her whereabouts.
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