The mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer released a new, emotional letter Thursday.
The letter, addressed to those who may know the whereabouts of the missing student, outlines the daily struggle the Spierer family endures.
“It sickens me to write to you once again, but I have no choice,” wrote Charlene Spierer in the letter. “Time continues to pass and I cannot let you forget about Lauren.
Charlene stated doing the day-to-day things in her life are the most difficult, such as getting Lauren’s mail and walking past her room.
“We try to shield each other from more pain,” said the letter in part. “It is impossible to do.”
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.
In May, Bloomington police said the investigation is still “very active” and several “credible” tips come in on a weekly basis. Several extensive searches have been conducted by volunteers and professional search organizations for the missing student. In August, the Sycamore Ridge Landfill was searched for evidence, but nothing significant to the case was obtained.
The Bloomington Police Department has made several inquiries about bodies discovered in other jurisdictions. Last month, a skull was discovered in the White River, and questions were raised whether it could be Lauren.
“As time passed, we were hoping for Lauren’s recovery,” said Charlene in Thursday’s letter. “Today, we are waiting to find out if the remains found in the White River belong to Lauren. We wait along with other families of missing loved ones. It could take as long as eight weeks. That’s 80,640 minutes of agony. We are waiting to find out if a skull found in the White River might be Lauren’s. It’s chilling to say the words.”
Bloomington police have named several persons of interests in the case, but there are no named suspects at this time.
In an interview with Fox59, Lauren’s parents called out several people who last saw their daughter, stating they all refused to take police polygraph tests.
“We were shocked when several people hired attorneys within days of Lauren’s disappearance,” wrote Charlene in the letter. “Five young men, five attorneys. I’m still not sure why they felt it was necessary.
“Questions remain unanswered and law enforcement polygraphs remain untaken. We are still without Lauren.”
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.
“I trust that Lauren will have her day and justice will be served,” read the letter. “Until that time, we remain steadfast in our search for answers which will lead us to Lauren.”
Click here to read the letter in its entirety.