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Lauren Spierer Parents Warn IU Students They Are 'Not Invincible'

Charlene and Rob Spierer urge their missing daughter's classmates to stay safe and "choose friends wisely" in a letter written to the Herald-Times.

The parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer have encouraged their daughter's classmates to use Lauren's disappearance as a reminder to take precautions towards their own safety. 

Charlene Spierer recently submitted a letter to the Herald-Times in which she revealed she had taken a walk with husband Rob Spierer through downtown Bloomington at 3 a.m. and seen an unaccompanied girl walking home without her shoes. 

"We are living with Lauren’s disappearance every minute of every day and thought, quite naively, that everyone else is doing the same," Charlene Spierer wrote. "I said to someone recently that I hope what happened to Lauren will never happen to another person. That people will learn from this horrific episode in our lives. Alas, he didn’t think that would be the case. Clearly, he was correct."

Charlene Spierer urged students to "choose [their] friends wisely" and keep an emergency contact close at all times.  

"If one person reads these words and benefits from them, we will be thankful," Charlene Spierer said. "You are not invincible. Bad things happen to good people. You owe it to yourself to be safe." 

A series of free safety seminars were held last week at Smallwood Plaza, the apartment where Lauren Spierer was last seen walking towards by surveillance cameras on Friday, June 3 at approximately 4:30 a.m. According to spokesman Ernie Reno, fewer than 100 of 500 students who recently moved into the apartment for the 2011-2012 school year attended. 

"Unfortunately, when you’re 18 to 21 years old, which all of our residents are — some are 22, but all are undergrads — you have an air of invincibility about you,” Reno said.  

Investigators seeking evidence in the Spierer case concluded a 9-day search through 4,100 tons of waste in Viggo County's Sycamore Ridge Landfill last Friday. Police say no clues were found. 

"The fact that no evidence related to this case was discovered is unfortunate, but we are confident that the proper area at the landfill was identified and thoroughly checked by the officers working there,” Bloomington Police Department Chief Michael Diekhoff said in a press release.  

Spierer's parents, who briefly came home to Edgemont two weeks ago following an an exhaustive 11-week search effort in Bloomington, have returned to Indiana to continue hanging posters with volunteers.

When asked how long she plans to stay in Bloomington, Charlene Spierer replied that she'd remain “as long as it takes." 

“Somebody out there knows what happened," she said. "And somebody knows where she is.”

Ross Revira September 05, 2011 at 09:47 PM
What else would you expect from an organization that is in bed with Arianna Huffington
Shelly Boyle September 06, 2011 at 01:15 AM
The victim is being blamed again. I will say again that there is absolutely no proof that Lauren was drinking excessively or taking drugs willingly. It is possible that someone drugged her and that because of her heart condition, she may have died or had a heart attack. We don't know what happened to her. She was reliable and also an honor student. Also, college Professors work a lot more than 3 hours a week. It is a very competitive profession and most of them have to have been published in journals to even get a job. College students are considered adults and most of them do drink and party. It is just a fact of life. No person or organization can watch them 24 hours a day. You cannot blame the victim .
Paula September 06, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Shelly - I also believe that it's possible that someone slipped something into her drink. It also bothers me that some people make such a big deal that she was barefoot, when there are many reasonable reasons people take off their shoes. You could be getting a blister or she could have had a broken strap. Her shoes could have gotten wet and then the instep is slippery. I hate all the times in different articles that people make a big deal about her being barefoot. And unethical people do slip things into drinks in crowded bars. I pray for her often and also keep Betty Ianarello (The Irvington Alzheimer's missing woman) in my thoughts. people don't seem to be thinking about poor Betty because I guess she's old, but whatever could have happened to her is very frightening. Did someone hurt her? Did she get tired and hide somewhere and die? Did she fall in the river? It's been a month and she seems to be just vanished. I am so sad for both of these women.
Meredith Lesly September 06, 2011 at 01:07 PM
People have made hateful comments on illegal immigrants, gays, and Muslims on patch and they haven't been deleted. At any rate, this James person was a hit-and-run poster who picked a couple of stories to spread his paranoia and is gone already, as are his posts.
Aidan September 06, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Speculation solves nothing. For now, it's the parents that have my concern. I hope they're not left in this dreadful limbo much longer.

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