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Spierer Search Headquarters Closing

Incoming Freshmen Flood McNutt Quad

6/29/2011

Lauren Spierer
Lauren Spierer

Search headquarters for missing IU student Lauren Spierer, 20, are being shut down as hundreds of incoming freshmen enter McNutt quad for a campus tour.

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Even though organized volunteer searches are being called off, it's virtually impossible for students to avoid the Spierer case. Signs and posters are plastered throughout the residence hall, reminding freshmen and their parents about her unsolved disappearance.

"Seeing the signs everywhere is definitely scary, but it reassures you that they are supportive of finding her and doing everything they can," said Cara, an 18-year-old incoming freshman.

Cara's father acknowledges the case has prompted renewed conversations about safety, but he also says it's been a topic of discussion "for the last 18 years." He encourages his daughter to use common sense.

"Be smart. Don't be alone. Don't go with strangers," Gary said.

A news conference is scheduled for Friday at Bloomington Police Headquarters at the request of Lauren's parents.

Robert and Charlene Spierer have issued a statement, thanking volunteers for their help.

They plan to shift focus from a literal search to an investigative one in hopes of finding their young daughter. It's not clear yet whether they plan to return to New York.

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