BLOOMINGTON, Ind (June 2, 2014)– It’s been three years since anyone has seen or heard from Lauren Spierer.
However, investigators tell FOX 59 they are still actively following up on leads. Just last week, a tip led investigators to a remote area less than ten miles from Bloomington to look for Spierer.
Charlene Spierer tells FOX 59 as another year passes without answers, every tip is worth following through.
It’s been very difficult to think about Lauren and she is to us, who she was to us. We are so focused on June 2nd and June 3rd. You almost don’t want to remember the good things because it is paralyzing,” said Charlene Spierer.
Finding Lauren has been the priority for Charlene Spierer and her family since her daughter disappeared June 3, 2011.
“It is not an easy journey. We miss her terribly every day,” shared Spierer.
Hours after Lauren’s disappearance, the Spierers searched for their daughter with hundreds of others. They hung signs on light poles in Bloomington, searched wooded areas, and walked Lauren’s neighborhood. The last known photo of Lauren Spierer was taken in her apartment building in Bloomington around 2 a.m. after she spent a night off-campus drinking with friends.
“I absolutely send every single piece of information that I get to police. For me, I don’t know if it’s that missing piece,” said Charlene Spierer.
A private investigator hired by the Spierer family told FOX 59 that just last week a tip led investigators to a wooded area, less than ten miles from Bloomington to search for Lauren.
“An Indiana resident contacted us and said he may have, may know where Lauren is. And, we searched an area. We went to that exact location and we did a lot of work and searched that area with negative results, said Private Investigator Mike Ciravolo.
Bloomington Police said they have received 282 tips in the last year alone connected to the case.
Charlene Spierer says it’s important to her that the tips continue to come in and the public helps find Lauren: “I truly appreciate all the support that has come from Indiana. We are just doing what we have to do. We are just doing what we have to do.”
Charlene Spierer plans to spend the third anniversary of daughter’s disappearance privately on Tuesday with her family remembering happier moments with Lauren.
Over the last three years, at least 10 people at some point were labeled as persons of interest in Spierer’s disappearance.
A civil law suit has been filed by Lauren’s family against two of the men last seen with her. The lawsuit is expected to go to trial in May 2015.