Lauren Spierer's Mom Writes of Agonizing Wait on Skull ID in New Open Letter

Lauren Spierer disappeared June 3, 2011, after a night of partying with friends at her college campus

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    The mother of an Indiana University student from Westchester missing for more than a year says her family is awaiting word on whether a skull found in the White River in Indianapolis belongs to her daughter.     

    Charlene Spierer says in a letter posted on a blog dedicated to the search for Lauren Spierer that it could be eight weeks before they know results of testing on the skull found July 8 by a fisherman.

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    "That’s 80,640 minutes of agony," Spierer wrote in the open letter addressed to whoever knows what happened to her daughter. "We are waiting to find out if a skull found in the White River might be Lauren’s. It’s chilling to say the words. I find it incomprehensible that if by chance you are reading this, you know the answer already."

    Divers searched but found no additional remains.     

    Lauren Spierer disappeared June 3, 2011, after a night of partying with friends in Bloomington. Volunteers combed the city and surrounding areas looking for the 20-year-old apparel merchandising student from Greenburgh, N.Y.     

    Her mother says in Thursday's post that Lauren's dental records and DNA are on file with federal authorities. 

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