Missing IU student Lauren Spierer’s father told Fox 59, Thursday, leads in the case have slimmed down, but he still has hope he will bring her home.
The 20-year-old college co-ed disappeared on June 3rd, 2011.
In a rare interview, the Spierer family invited People magazine into their home to talk about the past 19 months without Lauren.
In the magazine, Lauren’s mother Charlene is pictured staring at boxes and boxes of her daughter’s belongings. Rob Spierer told Fox 59, they have been unable to bring themselves to open them.
“It’s just too emotional for us to begin to open, separate, think about all the things that are in those boxes,” said Rob Spierer.
He said the family no longer believes Lauren is alive and he does not believe she was abducted.
“I think that Lauren was in a state where she was unable to take care of herself,” said Rob Spierer. “And I don’t know that she ever left the apartments that she went to after she left from Kilroys.”
To bring her home would take a break in an almost two-year old case. Just this week, the Spierer family spoke with Bloomington Police and the private investigators they hired.
Although the number of leads have dropped recently, Rob Spierer said they are still receiving tips and acting on them.
In the meantime, he is still waiting for answers from the people who saw his daughter last.
“From their perspective, they’ve done everything that they can do,” he said. “From our perspective, they’ve not done everything they can do, because the one thing we’ve asked that they do, which is take the law enforcement polygraph, they’re not prepared to do.”
However, Rob and Charlene maintain hope that one day their daughter will come home so they can properly say goodbye.
One thing is for sure, the family refuses to give up or let Lauren’s story go away.
“We still have that hope that someone will have a crisis of conscious and come forward, share what they know, help us find our little girl, and end this nightmare.”