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Six years later: Family of missing IU student Lauren Spierer still searching for answers

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 20:48:33-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly six years after her disappearance, the parents of missing Indianapolis University student Lauren Spierer are still searching for answers. 

The 20-year-old was a sophomore at IU when she went out partying with friends in downtown Bloomington on June 3, 2011. That was the last time anyone ever saw her. 

Spierer's parents, Rob and Charlene, have made multiple trips from New York to search for their daughter over the past six years. 

Despite national media attention and thousands of hours by police investigators and private search efforts, Spierer has never been found.

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Bloomington Police say even six years later they are still receiving tips about Spierer's disappearance, although none of those tips have led them to find her.

Former FBI agent Brad Garrett has spent years looking into the case and says that Spierer's parents understand the reality of the situation after this long - but they want closure. 

"I've had long conversations with Rob and Charlene Spierer about this," said Garret. "They know the reality that their daughter quite probably is not alive, but they just want to know. Any parent would want to know, even if its the worst piece of information."

Six years later, Spierer's family still updates their Facebook page regularly, even when there isn't any new information to share. 

"I don't think you move on from losing a child, but I do think it's important to learn what happened to them," said Garret. "And the public can help us do that."

You can Bloomington police's full update from the five-year anniversary of the case here.

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Anyone with information about the case can contact the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477 or by email at policetips(at)