The search for Lauren Spierer

From the family Comments and updates from the Spierer family

Lacrosse for Lauren Classic

Saturday, October 22nd was the perfect day for the Lacrosse for Lauren Classic. It was a pleasure to meet Coach Tumbas and the IU Lacrosse team members as well as many team supporters. Lauren played lacrosse until she was diagnosed with a heart condition. It was her favorite sport. While Lauren is a petite girl, she was fierce on the lacrosse field!

Our sincere thanks to Coach Tumbas and the entire IU Lacrosse Team for dedicating Saturday to Lauren.

With our sincere appreciation,
Rob and Charlene Spierer

Charlene Spierer October 25, 2011 at 8:18 AM EDT


We would like to thank Indiana University, the IU student organizations, the City of Bloomington, Clayton Anderson, Dot Dot Dot, Brice Fox and Daniel Weber, Coach Crean, Matt Thiel and all of the participants who helped plan, implement and joined us for the Shine4Lauren Awareness event on Thursday, September 22, 2011. It was truly a student driven event with an energy, focus and caring that from its initial planning, amazed us. We knew from the beginning, we were in the good hands and warm hearts of so many who care about Lauren and our family.

Your willingness to stand in the chilling rain was a testament to your standing for Lauren. We will be forever grateful for your continued support. Our ultimate goal every day is to take one step closer to finding Lauren, one step closer to taking our dear girl home. As Rob said, the task is too large and the information provided so far has been too sparse. Please do what you can and be vigilant. We cannot do it alone. Thank you for being a huge part of our effort to obtain information about her disappearance and to find Lauren.

We continue our search.

With thanks and appreciation to so many,
Rob, Charlene and Rebecca Spierer

Charlene Spierer September 24, 2011 at 11:51 PM EDT

Thank you SSTTE and Campus Candy

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in the Scarsdale Synagogue SSTTE Awareness Day (September 18, 2011) and in the Campus Candy "Wisco Helps" (September 20, 2011) fund raisers. Your continued support and caring helps us more than we can say. Thank you for embracing our family during this horrific time in our lives and for continuing to be a part of our effort to find our dear sweet Lauren.

Rob, Charlene and Rebecca Spierer

Charlene Spierer September 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM EDT

Spierers speak at press conference

The Spierers speak at a Bloomington Police Department press conference on July 1, 2011

Spierers speak at press conference

Rob Spierer July 5, 2011 at 3:29 PM EDT


A Call to Action

6 years 27 weeks ago

Following is a high school senior’s call to action as we approach two years since Lauren’s disappearance. We’ve never met her, she never met Lauren but we have no doubt her moral compass is in tact. As she writes, “Keep Lauren’s story alive.” Thank you, JB, for sharing your words with us.

As we’ve said since June 3, 2011…someone knows exactly what happened to Lauren. We again beg you to share any information you have.

With sincere appreciation,
Rob and Charlene Spierer

“For almost two years now, devastated parents, Rob and Charlene Spierer have pleaded on television, through newspaper articles, and in public announcements for any type of information regarding their daughter’s disappearance. While so little information has been revealed, the Spierers are sure of one thing; someone is responsible for the vanishing of their daughter. They won’t stop until they know who, who has so selfishly taken their daughter away from them?

The police departments, detectives, forensic analysts and loved ones are discouraged. Before them stands a case with no leads, devastated parents, and still no Lauren. So, I’m here today to suggest a new method; a new strategy for finding answers. We have to keep the movement moving. We can’t let Lauren’s case become cold. The matter must now be taken into our hands. At this point, it’s clear that there’s nothing that Lauren can do. But, she’s a victim, and victims deserve justice. If I leave here today having taught you only one thing, it’s that two years is much too long to have made such minimal progress.

I look around the room today and see the faces of my classmates, my teacher, members of my future graduating class, and most importantly, my friends. This could be anyone. This could be us. This could be me next year when I move in as a freshman. This could become you as you innocently enjoy your summer. This could be your sister, your cousin, your brother, or your friend. So let’s imagine that it is you. Imagine being taken, even killed, leaving no traces of evidence; seeing your picture on flyers and billboards titled “Missing”. Picture your parents as they hopelessly wonder what might have been. Picture your sisters, brothers, friends, and loved ones. You would want them to have answers. You would want them to find peace.

Now it’s up to us, and everyone affected to remember Lauren, to carry her legacy, to keep her in our hearts and minds until we learn the truth. We have a responsibility to find her. We owe it to ourselves, and to everyone around the world, to prove that there are consequences for all actions; consequences for withholding the truth. Whether meted out in a court of law or created by the tortuous hell of keeping a secret, the price will be paid one way or another. As we approach another anniversary of her disappearance, I ask you to think of her. Keep Lauren’s story alive. Thank you.”

Valentine's Day 2013

6 years 42 weeks ago

Lauren was a true romantic. Valentine's day was one of her favorite holidays. We can imagine her today, smile on her face, love in her heart...

While the physical searches of the summer of 2011 are over, we continue to search for answers by any means we can, primarily through the media. Twitter is one of the fastest ways to reach the most people. Please help us continue our search for Lauren by following and re-tweeting @NewsOnLaurenS to help #FindLauren. We are forever grateful for your continued prayers and support in our journey to bring Lauren home.

With sincere appreciation,
Rob, Charlene and Rebecca

Tipline - 812.339.4477
Find Lauren PO Box 1226 Bloomington, IN 47402

Anything Small….

6 years 43 weeks ago

A friend of Lauren's recently shared the following quote with us..."fearless doesn't mean the absence of fear. It means being scared to death and still going after what you want"-Jordan Burroughs Olympic Gold 2012…
Since Lauren's disappearance we have had many examples of people who have been fearless in their desire to help us find our daughter. We will always be grateful for their courage. If you have any information which could help lead us closer to Lauren, please find the courage to share that information.

With sincere appreciation,
Rob and Charlene Spierer

Bloomington Police Department Tipline 812.339.4477

Find Lauren PO Box 1226 Bloomington, IN 47402

January 17, 2013

6 years 46 weeks ago

22 years ago today, we were given the gift of another precious daughter. Lauren completed our family. Anyone who knows Lauren knows that she could light up a room without trying. Her love for life was infectious. Her ease with people and dedication to her friends was always apparent. Lauren’s quick wit, intelligence and true caring made her someone people gravitated towards. Today we celebrate the joy we share and mourn what might have been. There will never be another Lauren.

Today is Lauren’s birthday. There will be no gifts mailed to Bloomington, no cake, no candles, no excited anticipation as the celebration of one so loved approaches. We are left only with the gifts the person responsible for Lauren’s disappearance has given our family, despair, heartache and loss.

We have no doubt that when Lauren is found, the next chapter of this horrible nightmare will begin anew. On June 3, 2011, a set of parents was born; unwavering in our desire to find our daughter and see that justice is served for a life ended too early. We remain… just as determined as day one.

Thankful for the time we had, proud of the person you became, forever in our hearts, we love you, Lauren.

Mom and Dad
January 17, 2013

Bloomington Police Department Tipline – 812.339.4477

Find Lauren
PO Box 1226
Bloomington, IN 47402

Beau Dietl & Associates – 800.777.9366

We still need your help…..

7 years 6 weeks ago

I know someone has the information that could help us find Lauren. Maybe you feel it is too late to help Lauren and so why bother. What you might not be considering is the heartache your lack of action has caused our family and friends. The not knowing is almost unbearable. When I asked someone recently, why they thought no one was coming forward they gave two reasons…one was people are afraid that by sharing what they know they might get into trouble. The other reason was fear of being exposed through the media. Truly, could those be the reasons you are hesitating? If you know what happened the night of Lauren's disappearance, or if you have any information, please get in touch with me, either through this Facebook page or through any of the other avenues we have provided. Even if it is just to start the conversation, even if it is just to say you have information. If you have written an anonymous letter and feel you now have the courage to come forward, I beg you to do so. What we want more than anything is to show Lauren the respect she deserves by bringing her home. Hasn't she already paid for her mistakes with the ultimate sacrifice? Please…anything small could be big.

Charlene Spierer
Bloomington Police Department: 812.339.4477
Find Lauren PO Box 1226 Bloomington, IN 47402
Beau Dietl & Associates 800.777.9366