Missing student's mother frustrated with lack of tips

Lauren Spierer

BLOOMINGTON - In an emotional plea Wednesday, the mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer said she is disappointed with Lauren's friends because only one of them has called police with tips.

McNutt Hall, a dorm at IU, has been turned into the command center for searchers. Their numbers have dropped from several hundred a few weeks ago to just 30 Wednesday, but they're not giving up. The search continues as new students are arriving on campus.

The 20-year-old has been missing nearly three weeks. She was last seen June 3rd walking near her apartment building in Bloomington. Her disappearance is still very much on the minds of Bloomington residents as well as newcomers to the IU campus.

Megan Potter and her mother Kathy are touring the IU campus as part of freshman orientation. They were well aware of the Spierer case before arriving in Bloomington and have heard even more about it over the past two days.

"They talked about security pretty heavily but they also told us not to worry about our decision to come here; that it was still a safe community and still a safe place to be," said Potter.

Even though Potter will be less than a two-hour drive from home in Madison, Indiana, her mother is concerned.

"Without me being here to keep an eye on her and on a new adventure..." she said.

Incoming freshmen are hearing about the case from student tour guides and IU administrators. Posters with Lauren's information can be found all over the Bloomington campus.

"The search efforts do in fact continue and the need for volunteers is still there," said Capt. Joe Qualters, Bloomington PD.

The need for information and tips is also pressing.

"On June 3rd, my life changed forever," said Charlene Spierer, describing the moment when she got the phone call that her daughter was missing. "What I can tell you is that I am extremely disappointed by the fact that only one of Lauren's friends have called the Bloomington Police Department with any information."

Spierer said if the tables were turned, her daughter would be the first to call and help police bring their investigation to a close.

"No piece of information that you have is too small, that it all leads to filling this puzzle that we all desperately need to have filled. So I'm extremely disappointed and my question to all of you is why?" Charlene Spierer asked.

Spierer said she and her husband Robert have opened a post office box to encourage people to send in anonymous tips. She added, "You can't get much more anonymous than that."

Send tips to:

Find Lauren
PO Box 1226
Bloomington, IN, 47402-1226

Lauren's parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, spoke at Wednesday's news conference and thanked volunteers for participating in the search for their daughter.

Bloomington Police Capt. Joe Qualters said there was no evidence to support a report of an additional person showing up in surveillance video on the night she disappeared.

Spierer went missing June 3rd. Reporters asked Qualters about a "mystery man" reported by a witness.

"We have reviewed the video, not only the timeline we have been using but also where Lauren does in fact appear in that video with someone who is already known to investigators," said Qualters.

Qualters said everyone in the surveillance video is known to investigators, and that out of 300 hours of video evidence, some were still outstanding.

"I know that our meetings here have become less frequent, perhaps from your perspective, we have what seems to be less to talk about. The message we would like to convey is despite those two factors this investigation is an ongoing situation," Qualters said.

He said investigators completed "secondary tier" interviews and that detectives would compile all of the information gleaned from interviews.

He added that there was "no shortage of resources being utilized by the Bloomington Police Department in the continuing effort to find what contributed to Lauren's disappearance. Rest assured there are many things going on with this investigation behind the scenes."

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