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As graduation nears, volunteers renew push to find Lauren Spierer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been nearly two years since 20-year-old Indiana University student Lauren Spierer disappeared after a night out with friends. As her friends and classmates make graduation plans, Lauren's family continues to search for answers.

Under a gray sky, an army of blue hit the ground in Bloomington, handing out packets of promise.

"We will never give up on Lauren until she is found," says Heidi Adams. Heidi came from Illinois to hang up posters Sunday. She sees it as hanging up hope.

With Lauren's class set to graduate in just a couple weeks, volunteers want her face to forever live in the minds of the class of 2013.

"I'm hoping some of her classmates will see it, that actually know what happened and they will finally come forward," says Stacy Ackerman. Sunday was Stacy's first time volunteering in the effort to find Lauren. She has three daughters, one of whom is Lauren's age. 

The group was plastering College Avenue and surrounding streets with hope that before they pack up and leave town for good, someone will come forward with clues.

"If you know anything, anything at all, start your adulthood out on the right foot. Make the anonymous phone call," says Adams.

These volunteers are complete strangers to Lauren. Although they never met the young woman, they are all parents. They all claim it could have been their child that went missing, and they would want the public to respond in the same way.

"I have a child Lauren's age who actually walks the same streets," says one of the volunteers. She has been a part of the effort from the beginning.

While just a block away, three of her friends, also from the east coast, don't want Bloomington to forget. They will be graduating in May, but there will be one empty seat alongside them.

Although they didn't know the group of volunteers dressed in blue "where is she?" t-shirts, they had something in common with the group of strangers. A hope that those smiling blue eyes will stick with the class of 2013.

"She has a support group that has stuck together and will stay together until she is brought home, where ever home may be," says Adams.

In about two weeks when the I.U. class of 2013 walks through the doors diploma in hand, this dedicated group will be outside, yet again, holding their signs and reminding people to never forget about Lauren.

If you have a tip about what happened to Lauren the night of June 3, 2011, you are encouraged to call the anonymous tip line at (812) 339-4477.

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