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Jun242011

Frustration with Silent Friends in the Search for Lauren Spierer

Blair Wallach(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- The search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer ended its third week with the lack of information from her friends as a main point of interest in the case.

Only one of her friends voluntarily came forward to share information in the investigation, police have said. The others had to be tracked down by investigators.

Three weeks ago Friday, the 20-year-old disappeared after a night out with friends in Bloomington, Ind.

City police have acknowledged investigating speculation that Spierer may have overdosed on cocaine and that the men with her might have panicked and disposed of her body. In a Monday press conference they said that was just one theory in the case.

At Friday's news conference, Capt. Joe Qualters said the words "perplexing," "curious" and "disturbing" might be the adjectives chosen to describe Spierer's friends' behavior. "All in all, I think I'd probably characterize it as unfortunate," Qualters said.

"I am extremely disappointed by the fact that only one of Lauren's friends has called the Bloomington Police Department with any information," Spierer's mom Charlene Spierer at Thursday's press conference.

"Why?" Charlene Spierer asked, "I guarantee you Lauren would have been the first to call."

Qualters said Friday that 1,500 tips, 175 items of evidence and over 300 hours of video have come in since the beginning of the investigation and that the relevance of these items continues to be evaluated. At least 10 persons of interest have also been named and no one has been cleared.

But when a reporter asked if the police have a better idea Friday of what happened to Spierer than three weeks ago, Qualters replied simply, "No."

Qualters drew attention to a new poster behind him and announced that Saturday is "Find Lauren Day," an effort to draw more search volunteers and dedicate a full day to the search.

The captain also said that Friday would be the last of the daily press conferences. In the event of big news, he will call the media back or send out press releases. He emphasized that the outward appearance of drawing back on the investigation doesn't mean they are not still working hard on it.

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