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.”

De September 03, 2011 at 12:24 PM
This is so sad...I hope everyone takes the precaution to stay safe. This is very important, I hope nobody else has to experience what the Spierer's had to experience. I also hope that Lauren will soon be found-alive. Good luck Lauren!
Tracy September 03, 2011 at 12:48 PM
My heart goes out to this family. My hope is thstwhen all of us saying a prayer for Lauren's safe return, soon brings good news & Lauren safely home. As for the naivety of the other students, they need to realize they, too, are in danger. As long as the person involved in Lauren's disappearance remains unidentified & is still walking the streets, each & every one of them are in danger. I pray these young women wake up before something happens to them or someone they know.
Dolly Llama September 04, 2011 at 03:25 AM
I agree! Any lawyer will tell you not to talk to the police. in this instance, they are so hungry for a "suspect." Jason is right on the money.// I think a person can call Crimestoppers anonymously though, if they know where she is. // Not to be mean -- but it is ironic for Lauren's mother to tell people to choose their friends wisely. She should be saying "Avoid being friends with people like my daughter." And also "Avoid acting the way my daughter did." Come on, parents! There is no indication whatsoever that any of Lauren's friends did anything to her. She got herself totally screwed up on alcohol and /or drugs and went off someplace. It makes me sick to see these parents blaming the friends for whatever their own daughter did. She was a wreck and wandering the streets all night -- maybe some stranger drove by and grabbed her in his car? A young girl drunk and out on the streets all night? You don't think that's a target for serial rapists and killers? Get real.
Ross Revira September 04, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Do all college students drink to a point of semi-consciousness? You would think an honor student with a heart condition would be more responsible. That said she did not deserve to be murdered. He parents do not deserve the pain of losing their child.
Shelly Boyle September 04, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Jason Barnes joined Pelham Patch yesterday just to comment on this. Pelham Patch has deleted his privious comments because they were very disrespectful towards Lauren and her family. But he continues to criticize the police who are working very hard to solve this case.
Shelly Boyle September 04, 2011 at 04:49 PM
You said it, Ross !!!
Ross Revira September 05, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Jason you are the most ignorant person I have ever encountered. As you put it "old fashioned detective work" does involve asking for the public's help after the crime was committed. Do you think life is like the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report where criminals are caught before the crime is committed? For someone who believes that the police are society's enemy you advocate a greater intrusion on personal liberty by campus security. I hope you are using a screen name because your naivety is only exceeded by your stupidity.
Conservative NYer September 05, 2011 at 12:35 AM
I have no clue why my post was deleted. Unbelieveable! This Jason person is allowed to be disrespectful to the Spierers and my comment gets deleted because of a remark I said about him obviously not being a parent because of his cold and callous remarks that he made. Losing a child is one the most dreadful thing a parent should never go have to go through. My heart goes out to the Spierers and I hope that they find her. (That is basically what I said and why that was deleted I have no clue...)
Shelly Boyle September 05, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Get real Jason. Why do you insist on blaming the victim. You should read all articles on this case before you have the nerve to make your callous comments. There is absolutely no proof that Lauren was walking alone drunk. Unfortunately, she may not have left her friend's apartment building alive. Her so called friends have gotten a case of convenient amnesia.These poor innocent college "friends" of hers don't have the decency or morals to. tell the truth and help her family find her.Why are you defending them, Jason
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) September 05, 2011 at 03:29 PM
There's a lot of heat here and there are many people who disagree with Jason's theory of police incompetence or conspiracy. Argue away. However, personal attacks on other commenters will be deleted.
Ross Revira September 05, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Practice what you preach. Forming an opinion on the facts presented is exactly what the Patch is all about. Conjuring up some half baked conspiracy based on one's bias against the police is another.
Lance Dugby September 05, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Permitting the attack on the police is right up PATCH'S Alley. If Jason made similar comments about illegal immigrants, gays or transvestites his comments would be deleted.
Lance Dugby September 05, 2011 at 08:08 PM
The Universites in this country permit an "anything goes" environment of underage drinking and drugging, co-ed dorms, attacking Conservative speakers, partying in a Caesers Retreat atmosphere, so they can continue to attract clientele willing to pay an exhorbant cost for their product which takes years of earning power out of the general economy and transfers it to the corrupt educational establishment. PARENTS WAKE UP...YOU ARE BEING FLEECED. This hands off permissive policy is the primary reason why this young and beautiful 20 year old girl is likely dead.
Lance Dugby September 05, 2011 at 08:22 PM
It is sadly ironic that the parents of this young girl would likely never permit her to behave at home the way she was behaving on Campus. I hear parents say they want their kids to have the "full experience" of college, which seems to include behaving in such a way they would never permit at home. It is a shame but the "Professors" as the have named themselves know that if college was just about learning and getting an education they would have fewer customers willing to pay the freight to finance their 3 hour teaching weeks in jobs where they cannot be fired.
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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