Family left with ‘despair, heartache’ on Lauren Spierer’s birthday

The parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer released an emotional letter on their daughter’s 22nd birthday Thursday.

“There will be no gifts mailed to Bloomington, no cake, no candles, no excited anticipation as the celebration of one so loved approaches,” wrote Rob and Charlene Spierer.

Lauren disappeared in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011 after a night out with friends. She was reportedly last seen at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the intersection of 11th Street and College Avenue in Bloomington, Ind.

Lauren’s family has worked tirelessly to find their daughter and to uncover new information surrounding her disappearance.  The family has organized and participated in numerous searches and several events to raise awareness for their missing loved one.

“We have no doubt that when Lauren is found, the next chapter of this horrible nightmare will begin anew,” read the new letter in part. “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.”

Bloomington police have named several persons of interests in the case, but there are no named suspects at this time.  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. Her 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.

“We are left only with the gifts the person responsible for Lauren’s disappearance has given our family, despair, heartache and loss, wrote Lauren’s parents in the letter released Thursday.

“There will never be another Lauren.”

Read the letter in its entirety here.