The parents of an Indiana University student from Westchester County who has been missing for more than 18 months are marking their daughter's 22nd birthday with a nationwide plea for information that might help them find her.
Lauren Spierer vanished at about 4:30 a.m. June 3, 2011, after a night of partying with friends in downtown Bloomington. Volunteers combed the city and surrounding areas for weeks looking for the young apparel merchandising student from Greenburgh, N.Y. Her keys were found on a stair railing near where she is believed to have last been seen, but no additional evidence was discovered.
No arrests have been made in connection with her disappearance, and her parents have said they are concerned the number of tips flowing into police is diminishing as time wears on.
Robert and Charlene Spierer said on their website Thursday that they understand their daughter is likely dead even though no remains have been found and no arrests have been made. But they stressed that they are determined to find out what happened to her.
"On June 3, 2011, a set of parents was born; unwavering in our desire to find our daughter and see that justice is served for a life ended too early. We remain… just as determined as day one," the Spierers said in a statement.
"Thankful for the time we had, proud of the person you became, forever in our hearts, we love you, Lauren."
Anyone with information about Spierer's case is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.