Volunteers replace vandalized Spierer posters

Volunteers replaced hundreds of missing posters that had been torn down.
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Volunteers spent Saturday replacing posters of a missing Indiana University student that had been torn down.

Thousands of people have helped with the search for Lauren Spierer, putting up posters and searching nearly every inch of Bloomington. Recently, an anonymous letter was sent to Spierer's parents, criticizing the poster of their daughter as littering up the town.

"It is kind of hard to understand how a person could tear down posters of a missing person when, you know, this person has a family that is searching for them. How can you be heartless enough to tear down those posters?" said volunteer Joe Bailey.

During the past five months, thousands of posters with Spierer's picture, detailed information on where she was last seen and a police phone number have been placed all over Bloomington. Recently, hundreds of the posters have been taken down, followed by the letter to the missing IU junior's parents, critical of the search effort and the posters.

"That is what I said one time. For every poster they take down, there is 5-10 more that will put it back up. Take 'em down and we will put them right back up," said volunteer Maryanne Ryan.

And put them up they have. A new stack of posters went quick Saturday afternoon.

"No matter what happened, they deserve to know what happened to their daughter. Ultimately, in the end, they deserve that. Every parent deserves that," said another volunteer.

The volunteers admit some of the posters did not survive the weather, but they had a message for the person that tore the other posters down.

"Help us find the answers and the posters will come down," Ryan said.

Spierer was last seen early in the morning of June 3, near the intersection of 11th and College in Bloomington. Her parents are asking if you have any information to call the Bloomington Police Department.