Motorcycle ride held for missing IU student
BLOOMINGTON - Nearly two months after their daughter disappeared, the parents of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer finds a new way to drum up leads.
Robert and Charlene Spierer attended a motorcycle ride for their daughter Saturday. While the missing student's case is getting a lot of support, it's getting few answers.
For motorcycle enthusiasts, a picture-perfect Saturday is enough motivation, but this weekend it is a different picture that is their reason to ride.
About 200 motorcyclists met at the Bloomington Harley Davidson the starting point for a 50-mile trek through southern Indiana. This is no joy ride but rather, a mission, to remind locals that two months later the case remains unsolved.
David Spierer, Lauren's uncle, explained the reason for the ride.
"Basically a rolling billboard with flyers-will compel someone to do something," he said.
Twenty-year-old Lauren Spierer, a fashion student, disappeared after a night out with friends early in the morning on June 3. Since that time, her family, along with police, have launched a massive search effort. Thousands of volunteers offered to help and the case made national headlines.
But nearly two months later, Robert and Charlene Spierer who have remained in Bloomington since the search began are no closer to finding their daughter.
"I feel like somebody is standing idly by watching this with information and not coming forward," Charlene Spierer said.
"It's very simple. Somebody knows something and is not telling us and coming forward. It's very agonizing and frustrating," said Lauren's father.
The family which has utilized social media as a way to solicit leads, most recently tweeted about whomever was responsible "in your happiest moments it will haunt you".
They struggle between that frustration and appreciation for supporters like the ones who offered their time Saturday. Spierer's uncle was among those riding.
"There are a lot of caring individuals here for a great cause," he said.
All hoping this will be the driving force that prompts a phone call to police. During their ride, the group handed out flyers with information about Lauren.