Lauren Spierer case: Friends renew efforts to find missing Greenburgh woman
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Days after finding out the remains of a woman found in Indiana weren't Lauren Spierer's, neighbors and college students in Bloomington, Ind., will take to the streets again to plaster the town with "missing" posters.
Spierer, a Greenburgh native and student at Indiana University, was last seen in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011. Footage from a surveillance camera in downtown Bloomington shows Spierer walking home barefoot after a night of partying with friends, wearing black pants and a white shirt.
Despite a series of exhaustive searches, an intensive police investigation and a considerable amount of media coverage, Spierer's body was never found and no arrests have been made.
Several times over the past two years, Robert and Charlene Spierer have braced for news of their daughter after reports of female remains found near Bloomington. The most recent was the discovery of a woman's body in Brown County, Ind., on April 11. Online speculation that Spierer's body had been found ended when authorities revealed the remains belonged to Kate McGrayel, a 26-year-old woman who went missing while hiking in April 2010.
On Sunday, more than 60 volunteers will place new "missing" posters around the Indiana University campus, hoping to renew interest in the case before the two year anniversary of Spierer's disappearance.
Spierer's parents, who maintain a website -- http://www.findlauren.com -- with information on the search, have said publicly they believe their daughter is dead. Spierer, an apparel merchandising major, would have turned 22 in January.
Earlier this month, her parents posted an update on Facebook, calling for any witnesses to come forward and lamenting another milestone missed. Noting their daughter "did not simply vanish into thin air," Robert and Charlene Spierer wrote that they won't give up the search until they find out what happened to their daughter.
"She could just as easily still be at IU, getting ready to graduate, getting ready to begin the next phase of her life," the couple wrote. "We could be looking forward to Lauren's big day with the anticipation, excitement and pride that any parent feels... If you are a loving parent, you can understand the depths of our commitment."