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Monday
Jun062011

Fashion Student with Heart Condition Missing from Indiana University

Courtesy Blair Wallach(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- Search parties fanned out Monday looking for an Indiana University student with a dangerous heart condition who has been missing for four days.

Lauren Spierer just completed her sophomore year at the school's Bloomington campus. She was last seen at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday walking to her apartment. The Indiana Daily Student reports that Spierer was at Kilroy's Sports Bar Thursday night and then at a friend's party.

Surveillance footage from her apartment shows that she never came home.

Her keys were found a block away from where she was last seen, but there have been no other traces of the missing student.

"Lauren is an amazing person and friend. She's artsy, fun, and different," says Becca Lefkowitz, 19, Lauren's best friend since seventh grade. "I can't imagine anyone doing any harm to her."

According to Lefkowitz, Spierer suffers from a condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is a heart rhythm disorder for which she sometimes needs medication. This disorder can cause uncontrollable and dangerous arrhythmias.

Spierer is an apparel and merchandising major and has interned with Anthropologie in New York. She planned to continue there after completing a summer course in Indiana.

Lefkowitz spoke to Spierer's mother Monday and said the family is "in complete shock" and wanting to wake up from this "nightmare."

Spierer is from Edgemont, N.Y., where her parents Robert and Charlene Spierer still live. They arrived in Bloomington on Saturday and her sister and uncle are on their way there to join the search.

Spierer was last seen wearing long, back stretch pants, a white shirt, and no shoes. A website in Indiana has been set up to organize volunteers and the family is asking that any tip be reported to the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477.

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