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Community remains hopeful two years after Lauren Spierer’s disappearance

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It has been exactly two years since Lauren Spierer disappeared.

On June 3, 2011, the Indiana University student was out partying with friends before she vanished. At one point, witnesses saw Spierer leave Kilroy’s.

Since the investigation began, the police department has received more than 3,000 tips. So far this year, they have received 166 tips. Officials said they continue to follow-up on those leads.

“I remember coming into my freshman year of college and hearing all these stories and hearing it on the news,” Noelle Thompson said.

Thompson is a student at the university.

“I think people just want answers at this point,” Thompson said.

Since Spierer’s disappearance, students said they have noticed changes around town. Dana Helton said people continue talking about Spierer’s disappearance.

“Bars are a lot stricter with like fake ID’s and (there are) a lot less underaged kids (getting) into bars because of it,” Helton said.

There have been some changes on campus too.

“I think what (it has) done is served as a real powerful and painful reminder (that) even though Bloomington is a safe place, generally, and IU is a safe place, generally bad things can happen,” IU Spokesman Mark Land said.

Land said university staff members continue to speak with students about safety.

“Safety has always been our first priority  but folks who are here and who are in charge of doing that, teaching year after year, have put (that) at (an) even a higher premium,” Land said.

Many people, who live in Bloomington, and around the area would like to know what happened.

“I think everybody has their own idea (about) what happened, but nobody really knows,” Helton said.

The Bloomington Police Department issued the following statement, regarding the two year anniversary of Spierer’s disappearance:

“Since the time of Lauren’s disappearance on June 3, 2011, the Bloomington Police Department has continued its ongoing effort to provide answers to Lauren’s family and the Bloomington community. Despite being nearly two years into this investigation, information continues to come in regarding Lauren’s case and investigators diligently pursue the information with the same level of commitment as in the beginning. No amount of time passing will deter us from our responsibility and we remain dedicated to Lauren’s cause”.

If anyone has any information about the case, call (812) 339-4477 or email policetips@bloomington.in.gov.