Search for Lauren Spierer: Three years later

Lauren Spierer vanished from near the IU campus June 3, 2011.
Tuesday marks three years since Indiana University student Lauren Spierer disappeared after a night partying with friends in Bloomington.

Even without answers, the case is still very active. Police and private investigators are taking tips every week. Her family is still holding out hope that they will solve the mystery of their daughter's disappearance. They are ever determined to find Lauren.

By phone, Robert Spierer told Eyewitness News it has been a painful, emotional three years."I never expected to be here three years later," Spierer said. "We do suffer with the not knowing. It's extremely difficult, I can tell you, for my wife and I. But we also have a focus that we're just not letting go and for anybody that's got a kid, they would understand that."

Robert Spierer still remembers getting the phone call on June 3, 2011, when he learned Lauren had disappeared after a night partying with friends. A day later, he and his wife went to Bloomington and were joined by thousands of volunteers who scoured Monroe County for weeks.

"I expected as part of those searches that we'd have found Lauren at some point," Spierer said. "I believed every day then, that was the day we were going to find Lauren."

But they didn't find her.

Since then, the search for information has not stopped. Nearly every day, the Spierers talk to Bloomington Police and private investigators, working leads. Bloomington Police said they have received 3,345 tips since Lauren disappeared; 282 of those came in the past year and the most recent information came in just days ago, on May 29th.

Now, her parents hope a federal civil lawsuit against Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman - two of the people who last saw Lauren - will finally get answers. The Spierers allege the men were negligent in giving Lauren alcohol that night when she was already drunk.

That case will be heard next May.

While Robert Spierer can't talk specifically about the suit, he said, "It's about whether or not people she was with have some responsibility for her disappearance under Indiana law."

Waiting for the court date does mean more time, in a painfully long battle, to find Lauren. But the Spierers say they are not giving up.

"It's just you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, persevere and hope that God will shine down on you and someone will get us the information that we need," Robert Spierer said. "Even if someone heard something second hand, third hand, that information is still critically important to us and may be that one piece of information that we've been waiting for this whole time."

Every anonymous tip is taken seriously by police and on the family's website:

Robert Spierer said he and his wife, Charlene, spent Tuesday together, privately, though they did release a letter on the official Facebook page regarding the search for Lauren.The anniversary of Lauren's disappearance, he said, is a very emotional and difficult day.