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Lauren Spierer’s Parents: ‘Stonewalled’ by Last People to See Her

ABC News; Courtesy Rebecca Lefkowitz(NEW YORK) -- Missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer’s parents said Monday that they do not believe their daughter’s disappearance was a “random abduction.” They slammed the male friends of their daughter who, they said, were the last to see her before she vanished.

“We have these boys that were there that night that clammed up, shut down, lawyered up,” Spierer’s father, Robert Spierer, said Monday on Katie.

He said it was, “very frustrating as the parent of a missing child” to have people who were there the night Spierer disappeared, but have made the sharing of information “impossible or extremely difficult.”

Spierer, 21, vanished on June 3, 2011, after a night out with friends in Bloomington, Ind. The  Indiana University student is 4 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs less than 100 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.

“I’m frustrated and I’m angry at this point. We’ve been stonewalled, to some extent, by the last people to see Lauren, and despite their claims of doing whatever they could do, the fact of the matter is they refused to meet with us except for one of the boys,” Robert Spierer said.

Most of the men refused to take police polygraph tests and instead took “independent polygraphs.”

Eighteen months later, the family is still looking for answers.

Lauren’s mother, Charlene Spierer, tearfully recalled that how the last time she saw her daughter was when she went home to surprise her for Mother’s Day.

“She’s just a great girl, she’s very outgoing and friendly and loving…great sense of humor, would do anything for a friend. She just loved life,” Charlene Spierer said. “It’s painful every single day.”

When asked if any new information on Lauren’s case has been learned, Charlene Spierer said, “I don’t think we’ve discovered the right information because we still don’t have Lauren.”

“I truly don’t think it was a random abduction,” she said. “I think that somebody that Lauren knew was responsible for the events of that evening.”

Since Lauren’s disappearance, multiple discoveries of remains have been reported. All turned out to be false alarms.

“I know that the likelihood is remote and I understand that, but there is some part of me, because we have not found her, [that] leaves me with the slimmest of hopes,” Robert Spierer said.  “We simply don’t know what happened to our daughter.”

Police say the search for Spierer is still an active investigation. The Spierer family has retained its own private investigators to follow up on tips and leads.

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Amanda Knox's Ex-Boyfriend Has No Regrets About Meeting Her

Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher at the Perugia court on October 3, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. Pier Paolo Cito - Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Raphaele Sollecito said he was nervous before his reunion with Amanda Knox, afraid that seeing his ex-girlfriend would bring back the nightmare of the two of them spending four years in an Italian prison, accused of murder.

"I was stuck a little bit. I was nervous," he told Katie Couric Tuesday on Katie, Couric's new show.

Sollecito was afraid Knox would be like a "ghost," that her image would "bring up to me the image of the nightmare" of being in prison.

Speaking in careful English, Sollecito told of how he and Knox were dating for only nine days in Perugia, Italy, when they were both arrested in 2007 for the murder of Knox's English roommate, Meredith Kercher. They were both convicted of the murder and given long prison sentences.

They were freed on appeal in 2011, and Knox quickly left the country. Sollecito and Knox still face an appeal by prosecutors, who want the two sentenced again to life in prison.

Sollecito, 27, and Knox, 25, reunited in her hometown of Seattle earlier this year, and his fears of a return to his nightmare quickly dissolved.

"When she hugged me, I realized she was not my ghost, my nightmare," Sollecito told Couric.

Sollecito said the two kept in touch almost weekly during their years in prison, exchanging notes, magazines, books and stories about their families and friends.

They continue to correspond by email and Skype. He said the last time he and Knox Skyped, "She sang a song for me."

Despite the hellish four years of prison and the threat of life in prison, Sollecito said he rejected advice from his father and friends to abandon Knox. And when Couric asked whether he regrets having met Knox, he replied with a firm "No. It was not her fault. It was the fault of the detectives."

A third person, Rudy Guede, was also convicted of Kercher's murder and is serving a 16-year prison term.

Sollecito has written a book titled Honor Bound, My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox.

Knox is also under contract for a book that HarperCollins is expected to publish next year.

Sollecito said that he hopes the Kercher family gets answers about their daughter's death because "the truth ... would allow me to move on too."

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