A year ago, Lauren Spierer vanished after walking home from a bar in Bloomington, Indiana.
Despite the police department's active pursuit of 2600 tips and the hopes and prayers of her family, the Indiana University student remains missing.
Spierer had just completed her sophomore year at the school, where she was studying apparel merchandising, when she went partying with some friends on June 3, 2011 and never made it home.
Her mother, Charlene, says it is unlikely that Lauren remains alive but she has not given up hope of finding her. "I think we're, you know, we're committed and we're driven and, you know, we just go through every day thinking about what we can do to make a difference and what we can do to try to get closer to finding Lauren," she told NBC's Savannah Guthrie last week.
The Bloomington community has come together to help find Lauren and to support the family through coordinating volunteers, designing and distributing videos and missing posters and asking for tips. Lisa Mallory, a mother of three, checks a post-office box established for Spierer almost every day, reports the Reporter-Times. When she finds mail, usually a card from a well-wisher, she calls up Charlene to read her the notes. Jim Krause, a telecommunication lecturer and occasional field producer for "America's Most Wanted," has chased down tips to no avail.
Students, faculty and staff at the school held a vigil for Lauren on June 1, reports WISH-TV. "So here we are one year later, weary but not tired, discouraged but not daunted," said Indiana University Dean Harold Goldsmith at the gathering.
Anyone with information on the case should contact Bloomington police at 812-339-4477 and NYC's Beau Dietl & Associates, private investigators hired by the Spierers, at 800-777-9366. In addition, there is a website findlauren.com and the post office box for tips is: Find Lauren, P.O. Box 1226, Bloomington, IN 47402.
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