Parents share what life without Lauren Spierer is like in national magazine

The search for Indiana University student Lauren Spierer continues as her parents open up to a national magazine about what life without her is like.

Rob and Charlene Spierer are hoping the article will re-energize the search to find Lauren.

The article in People magazine features a large photo of Charlene Spierer looking at the boxes and boxes of Lauren’s belongings. She said they haven’t been able to unpack the boxes or to find closure.

Lauren’s parents said they don’t believe their daughter is alive but they still want to be able to bring her home, and give her a proper burial.

Rob Spierer said it’s still an open and active investigation, but the leads have slowed down. He said he does not believe Lauren was abducted and that something went terribly wrong the night she vanished.

“I think that Lauren was in a state where she was unable to take care of herself and I don’t know that she ever left the apartments that she went to after she left from Kilroy’s,” Rob Spierer said.

The Spierers have always said, there are people out there that know what happened to their daughter and won’t come forward or take police polygraphs.

And the frustration is mounting, they said. They need someone, anyone, to come forward.

They hope they won’t have to keep pleading on the second year anniversary of Lauren’s disappearance this June.

40 comments

  • Lillie

    I have not forgotten about Lauren, I feel so much saddness for this family. May God give you strength to carry on. And also in the near future may it be known of her where abouts, so all family can have a piece of mind. I feel for the person(s) that know what happened to her, If they do not come forward and or repent, they will be the ones to live eternally in HELL!

    • Jordan

      RT of Cindy: These articles are completely false and it is horrible that the parents continue to tell lies to keep the story controversial and in the news. I know for a fact the last known boy to see her took a polygraph immediately and most of the other boys did as well. It is so sad that the parents lost their daughter, but it is horrible that they are resorting to trying to ruin the lives of her friends who they know have been 100% cooperative since day one, but yet the parents tell the media otherwise because it is the only way the media will continue to talk about this story, otherwise there is nothing to talk about.

      • bystander

        LLL you are very naive to think that the media knows ALL and that they can check all the "FACTS", I was a writer for a newspaper for years and let me tell you that nearly half the things you read are either false, skewed or incorrect. The medias job is not to get things right it is to report what they are told, in this case; the girls parents.

      • Dana

        I agree with Jordan, her parents know drunk college kids could never get away with hiding a body for even more than a day especially almost two years, her parents know this, the police know this and the private investigators they hired know this. They are all nice jewish boys who would call 911 in any type of emergency + none of them even had cars at school during that summer session, how do I know this because I was their neighbor. Her parents are afraid to admit to the media what really happened because they are afraid the media will no longer be interested in another case about an abduction, however by blaming her friends it makes this story different from the other 10 of thousands abduction cases a year.

      • blah

        but we know that normal drunk college kids could never get away with it not RICH drunk college kids. they are capable of all things because of their rich parents and some of the people she was with did not cooperate and immediately got lawyers when she went missing…if they did nothing wrong why do they need a lawyer. suspicious.

      • Friend

        First of all they all did cooperate immediately before they got lawyers.. in fact I even saw JR and some of the others with her dad helping him search for hours and I know her dad had contact with him on the phone before even arriving to bloomington. "if they did nothing wrong why do they need a lawyer" that shows how ignorant you are. Are you trying to say innocent people don't need lawyers? They are kids and the media attacks them for every word they say and twist the words that come out of their mouth. Without a lawyer, maybe innocent people would be perceived as guilty. Also the police try and trick people into admitting things that are not true by intimidating them.

  • JJJ

    I don't blame her friends for not playing the police games, it would be a witch hunt. Lie detectors tests are about like drug sniffing dogs, they work exactly how their operator's want them to.

    What Lauren's mom would like is for the cops to interrogate her friends ignoring their rights. People tend to clam up when fingers get pointed at them, and the Spierer's have done more harm than help with the investigation.

      • JJJ

        I have all the same info you could have. I studied and followed this case and I have faith in law enforcement's efforts in this case. From what I've seen and heard of Lauren's mother, I do not like her at all, I'd wager I'm not alone in my opinion………
        No evidence what so ever, this is a nightmare!

        2 people can keep a secret if one is dead. There's only one person out there that knows what happened to Lauren, and that person could be Lauren herself. Cops know this, I know this, apparently Charlene Spierer doesn't get it though. It's messed up, do you realize someone could come forward and say they did it and they probably would not get in any trouble unless they were willing to prove it to the police?

      • Chell

        Not everyone has such faith in the American "justice" system…. they want somebody to blame. And it might be that it's nobody's fault.

    • Pic

      Maybe your opinion will change one day when you feel the pain. Perhaps a member of your family or loved one will give you new perspective.

  • Amy

    Shows you who your "true" friends are. It makes me sick to think that her friends just ignored the issue & put her family through that. If they know what happened to her they should speak up, or try & get amnesty if any illegal activity was involved (which most likely there was).

  • Guest

    I.U. should give (anonymous) FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to anyone or everyone that provides any information that finds Lauren.

    • JJJ

      Lol, because the cash reward offered wasn't enough to incite a snitch, a struggling scholar might come forward for some free learnin' ?

  • Michele

    My thoughts and prayers are with Charlene, Robert and Rebecca. Lauren's family and friend's deserve closure.

  • Karen

    Wow JJJ. You certainly are a ruthless little bastard. To say people don't "like" her mother. F you. She's a mother who lost a child you insensitive creep.

    • pat

      Yes Karen I Agree with you and it is nice that there are still some people in the World that can think like a Human Being with common sense.

  • Jennifer

    JJJ's comments are completely cold, heartless and disrespectful. People like JJJ need to not be present or active on such commentary forums.

    • jdthdavies

      Perhaps JJJ is one of the "friends"? Or a family member of the "friends" who are Persons of Interest in this case?
      How sick is it to blame the parents efforts for not finding her or getting the truth. It sounds like someone knows something but looks for any reason not to tell. Blaming the parent's is pretty awful. (WHOM else would they look to for answers but her last known companions?)
      And if those companions clam up, one develops official amnesia, there are many suspicious events of Lauren's last known time…anybody, including the police, the FBI, will be looking at them!!!!

  • Cindy

    These articles are completely false and it is horrible that the parents continue to tell lies to keep the story controversial and in the news. I know for a fact the last known boy to see her took a polygraph immediately and most of the other boys did as well. It is so sad that the parents lost their daughter, but it is horrible that they are resorting to trying to ruin the lives of her friends who they know have been 100% cooperative since day one, but yet tell the parents tell the media otherwise because it is the only way the media will continue to talk about this story, otherwise there is nothing to talk about.

    • jdthdavies

      If it's nobody's fault: why won't her companions of that night and early morning consent to a POLICE polygraph and to meeting with her parents to tell what they know about her activity of that evening?_I don't think her parents are out to blame anyone, but the simple fact is that she did not make herself disappear, and the goings on which are known/recorded on video and wittnessed are suspicious in the eyes of most who follow this case.

    • Rachel

      Yeah, they took private polygraphs issued by their own private attorneys, yet refuse police polygraphs. Why?

  • Ryan

    I believe that anyone such as JJJ or Cindy who would say such heartless things do not need to not put their opinions out there. This is a case of a family who lost a child, this is not the time for people to put their opinions out there. To me JJJ and Cindy are looking for attention and need to remove themselves from anything to do with the Spierer case. And it is very likely that college students could keep something like this hidden for a long time. If you aren't going to support the Spierers then don't comment or be involved in anyway. People like that are the reason for so much pain and insincerity.

  • Storm

    There certainly are many heartless commentors here…My heart goes out to these unfortunate Parents even though I do not agree with the way they allowed their daughters to run from a young age. Good grief they have lost their daughter and have no clue where her body may be….how can they go on living a normal life…Yes, they are Jewish people and yes that is a Jewish way of life…total devotion to your children…
    THESE PEOPLE CANNOT BRING THEIR DAUGHTER BACK BUT IF THEY COULD BURY HER BODY THEY COULD FIND CLOSURE TO THIS TRAGEDY.

  • Lulu

    Every time I see or hear of Lauren Spierer , it makes me feel sad for her family and friends. Angry that what happened to her is still unclear. Frustrated that no one has come forward, Her parents deserve closure and answers. it will not bring her back but it may give them peace.
    I would not give up until I found my child, dead or alive Lauren is still their daughter. JJJ and Cindy You can't be that miserable to write the things you wrote.

  • Good Info

    RT of Cindy: These articles are completely false and it is horrible that the parents continue to tell lies to keep the story controversial and in the news. I know for a fact the last known boy to see her took a polygraph immediately and most of the other boys did as well. It is so sad that the parents lost their daughter, but it is horrible that they are resorting to trying to ruin the lives of her friends who they know have been 100% cooperative since day one, but yet the parents tell the media otherwise because it is the only way the media will continue to talk about this story, otherwise there is nothing to talk about.
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    LLL · 1 hour ago

    Don't you think the Media can check the facts? Who is your source???
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    bystander · 48 minutes ago

    LLL you are very naive to think that the media knows ALL and that they can check all the "FACTS", I was a writer for a newspaper for years and let me tell you that nearly half the things you read are either false, skewed or incorrect. The medias job is not to get things right it is to report what they are told, in this case; the girls parents.
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    Dana · 58 minutes ago

    I agree with Jordan, her parents know drunk college kids could never get away with hiding a body for even more than a day especially almost two years, her parents know this, the police know this and the private investigators they hired know this. They are all nice jewish boys who would call 911 in any type of emergency + none of them even had cars at school during that summer session, how do I know this because I was their neighbor. Her parents are afraid to admit to the media what really happened because they are afraid the media will no longer be interested in another case about an abduction, however by blaming her friends it makes this story different from the other 10 of thousands abduction cases a year.
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    blah · 13 minutes ago

    but we know that normal drunk college kids could never get away with it not RICH drunk college kids. they are capable of all things because of their rich parents and some of the people she was with did not cooperate and immediately got lawyers when she went missing…if they did nothing wrong why do they need a lawyer. suspicious.
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    Friend · less than 1 minute ago

    First of all they all did cooperate immediately before they got lawyers.. in fact I even saw JR and some of the others with her dad helping him search for hours and I know her dad had contact with him on the phone before even arriving to bloomington. "if they did nothing wrong why do they need a lawyer" that shows how ignorant you are. Are you trying to say innocent people don't need lawyers? They are kids and the media attacks them for every word they say and twist the words that come out of their mouth. Without a lawyer, maybe innocent people would be perceived as guilty. Also the police try and trick people into admitting things that are not true by intimidating them.

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  • Educated Citizen

    Building off of Blah.. I hope you don't take this the wrong way but you are clearly uneducated to think Rich people could get away with something like this. The Police have seen all of the phone calls from all the kids phone records from that night until the next morning and there was NO SUSPICIOUS calls on any of their phones. They may be in the upper class of wealth but they are not magicians or psychopaths. To completely flip what you are saying.. Wealthy people are educated and know to call 911 in emergencies. Why would they not call 911 it was confirmed none of them were drug dealers and even did drugs, so why wouldnt they call 911 if something happened.. clearly nothing happened and she was abducted.

    • Respectfully

      This is probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever read: "wealthy people are educated and know to call 911 in emergencies"; education has nothing to do with it. People don't call 911 in an emergency because they are scared, in shock, afraid to get in trouble, afraid to get their friend in trouble, or simply don't realize it's an emergency. Nothing of this has to do with education and just because someone can afford to be educated doesn't mean they're smart. I am just a friend of Lauren's cousin and I don't know who is to blame, as most people don't. But when you use the name "educated citizen" you should really try not to sound so ignorant.

  • Adda

    OMG…I cant even imagine my life with out my kids,this must be the terrible feelings that anyone can have!!!
    My prayers go on to all the spierer Family.
    xoxo
    Adda

  • a hopeful friend

    i pray for laurens return. friends, come forward if toyu know something, there is an anonymous tip line for a reason. to whomever it is that knows, send this family the closure they deserve..

  • LLL

    I am not naive. I understand that the media can skew anything they want but like most events there are usually two sides to every story. Certainly there would be something out there arguing the facts that Lauren's parents are reporting. All is all I hate there is such negativity encompassing this story however in the long run at least it is being talked about. As long as these discussions take place, negative or positive, people will continue to fight for what really happened that night. Rich or poor this family deserves to have their daughter back. So please continue to talk. #findlauren

  • Jacobite

    In August 2011, the lawyer for one of these guys told me a tracking dog had lost Lauren's scent near 10th and College Village Apartments. On the eve of Lauren's birthday, Rob Spierer confirmed to me the dog had lost her live scent in the alley area towards Morton Street. And, just a few months ago, a dog handler named Gale St John told me her 2 cadaver dogs found a scent at the dumpster by these guys apartment.

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