Wednesday, May 29th

Update on the Search for Lauren Spierer

spierer2resizeThe Bloomington Police announced a change in strategy in the search for Lauren Spierer, missing since June 3rd at Indiana University. Rather then send out general search parties, the investigators will base their activities on leads and direct efforts towards specific information.

On Saturday June 25, 615 people participated in a wide scale search on “Find Lauren Day.” Police report that 99 missions were completed on Saturday; on Sunday 107 searchers completed 22 missions.

In a press release dated June 28th, they say, “To date, volunteers that have included citizens, law enforcement, and professional search and rescue groups have conducted more generalized searches. These searches have covered the vast majority of Monroe County and even some areas in surrounding counties. National search experts who were in Bloomington recommended that a five mile radius from Lauren’s last known location be covered extensively and that effort was completed last week. Coordinators for the search effort indicate that much of the area within a ten mile radius has also been covered. Searches have included those conducted on foot, by boat, the use of canines, on horseback, ATV’s and helicopter.”

“We cannot say enough about our appreciation for all of those who volunteered to assist in this effort and for the various agencies that provided resources to our Department. A great deal of credit also goes to Lauren’s parents for the thousands of people who have turned out for the searches simply because they wanted to help,” said Chief Michael Diekhoff. He added, “This transition will allow us to focus and rely more on the investigative aspect of this case and conduct searches based on the information we get as the investigation proceeds.”

Robert and Charlene Spierer will hold a press conference on Friday July 1 at 11:00 am at the Bloomington Police Department. They plan to make a statement regarding the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of their daughter.

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