Jewish Journal


June 15, 2011

Indiana University student still missing


Lauren Spierer, a sophomore at Indiana University, remains missing a week after disappearing on her way home from a sports bar.

Spierer’s case was featured June 11 on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted.”

Spierer, 20, who is Jewish, has been missing since early on the morning of June 3. She was seen leaving an off-campus sports bar at 2 a.m. after spending the evening with friends. The bar is less than two blocks from her apartment in Bloomington.

Police reportedly have 10 “persons of interest” in the case, including her boyfriend and a male classmate. The classmate left the bar with Spierer and had a fight with other students outside her apartment building.

According to the roommate of the beaten-up classmate, Spierer accompanied the classmate home to a nearby apartment building following the encounter and then left. Spierer’s keys in a small coin purse were found in an alley next to her building.

Spierer’s parents, Robert and Charlene, flew to Bloomington from New York on June 4 to coordinate the search, which has included the campus, the town, and area woods and parks. Hundreds of volunteers have continued the search.

“Lauren is the light of our life, and our hearts are breaking,” Charlene Spierer said during a weekend news conference. “This is a continuous nightmare.”

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