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Wednesday
Jun082011

Parents of Missing Indiana University Student Plead for Her Return

Courtesy Blair Wallach(NEW YORK) -- The parents of Lauren Spierer, the 20-year-old Indiana University Student missing for five days, are pleading for the safe return of their daughter.

"To the person that has Lauren or that knows where Lauren is, if you have a shred of decency, you have to come forward.  Lauren is a beautiful, wonderful girl," Spierer's mother Charlene said on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday.

Indiana police believe foul play is involved in the disappearance of the pint-sized student who weighs less than 100 pounds and is 4-foot-11.

Spierer was last seen at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning walking to her apartment.  She was last spotted walking barefoot just three blocks from her home.

Surveillance footage from her apartment at Smallwood Plaza 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.

Since Spierer disappeared, the native New Yorker's family has been in Bloomington, Indiana with hundreds of volunteers combing her college neighborhood.

Bloomington Police served a search warrant at Spierer's apartment complex on Tuesday night.  They seized computers and computer discs that they hope might provide some lead in the student's disappearance.

"We certainly feel like there could be foul play," said Lt. Bill Parker from the Bloomington Police.

Making time even more crucial is Spierer's dangerous heart condition.  She has Long QT Syndrome, an irregular heartbeat.

"What can happen is...your heart doesn't recover quickly enough between beats and you lose oxygen and it can result in your death," said Charlene Spierer.´╗┐

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Monday
Jun062011

Indiana University Student Lauren Spierer Missing Since Friday

Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- Search parties fanned out Monday looking for an Indiana Univesity student with a dangerous heart condition who has been missing for four days.

Lauren Spierer is a pint-sized student who weighs less than 100 pounds, is 4-foot-11 and had just completed her sophomore year at the school's Bloomington campus.

She was last seen at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning 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. She was last seen at the intersection of 11th Street and College Avenue. Surveillance footage from her apartment at Smallwood Plaza 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 were on their way there Monday to join the search.

Friends and supporters have taken to social networking to get the word out. A Facebook page created for her has over 4,000 members, with messages like "Keep the momentum going strong!" and "I am praying every second for you all."

A Twitter page created @NewsOnLaurenS has over 2,000 followers and continues to grow.

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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio´╗┐

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