Prayer Vigil Held For Missing Scarsdale Student Lauren Spierer

Report: Police Searched Spierer's Apartment Building Tuesday Night

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) —  With prayers for her safe return, friends gathered at the Scarsdale Synagogue Tuesday night with hopes that  Lauren Spierer will be found safe.

The 20-year-old Indiana University sophomore was last seen after leaving a friend’s apartment early Friday after a night out.  Earlier Tuesday, authorities said they had no suspects in the case but suspect foul play.

According to FOX 59 in Indiana, police removed two computer hard drives from the apartment building where Spierer lives.  The station reported that after investigators attempted to find a key to open an apartment, police used a battering ram to knock down doors near the lobby of the complex.  Officers are continuing to search the building looking for clues.

Tuesday night, friends came together in Scarsdale acknowledging that there wasn’t much that they could do, but hold out hope for Spierer’s safe return home to Westchester County.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports From The Prayer Vigil

“She’s a great girl and she deserves to be found,” one friend tearfully said at the vigil.

“I’m praying for her every day and I can’t stop thinking about her,” Danielle Shlomo told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Rabbi Andrew Gordon offered prayers “asking for strength for us, for Lauren and for her family and her friends.”

One fellow Indiana University student at the vigil said family and friends won’t give up looking for the missing student.

“We’re just praying that, you know, we find her safe and still alive,” he said.

“I will be optimistic until there’s reason not to be and right now, there’s no reason not be,” Gabrielle Kohn said.

Spierer’s parents are now begging the public for help in finding her.

They were wearing their anxiety like a garment in Bloomington, Ind., on Tuesday. Charlene and Robert Spierer of Edgemont listened to police talk about their missing daughter.

“Of course we are aware that if Lauren has been abducted, it’s possible her appearance has been altered,” said Lt. Bill Parker of the Bloomington Police. “We’ve figured out, unfortunately, that Lauren did not have her cell phone with her because we have her cell phone.”

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports: Bloomington Police Working With FBI, Suspect Foul Play

Spierer seemed to vanish into thin air in the hour before dawn on Friday during a walk home . The family said it needs a clue, a direction or anything.

“We beg you if you can help us with the search, that you continue to join us every day,” Robert Spierer said. “We ask that if anyone saw Lauren Thursday night or Friday morning with anyone, please share that information with Bloomington police. It doesn’t matter how casual it was.”

Lauren’s parents were out the door and en route to Indiana the moment they got the terrible news and despite the evident anguish on their faces for friends and family left behind in New York in many ways it is even worse. There is nothing but idle hours and an agonizing wait.

Indiana University is now on summer break. Spierer stayed behind to take extra course at a local community college before beginning a summer internship in Manhattan.

Dozens of volunteers met outside Spierer’s apartment building Tuesday for another round of searching. Authorities directed some teams to look for clues — a stray piece of clothing left on the ground or anything that appeared out of place or raises suspicion. Other groups, armed with rolls of tape and posters bearing Spierer’s face and physical description, fanned out throughout the downtown.

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  • Investigator

    I suggest authorities investigate the ip’s associated with the violent comments here and investigate any connected with locals Associated with the missing person. Same could be done with any online posts/ comments local to her school.

  • jibby

    nyc, gotta agree, we’ll hope for the best if she was in NYC she’d be found already.

  • jibby

    WOW!!! We have all ( ok only us educated ones that aren’t making sick comments) have been away @ school, or visited our friends there had a blast, and so? That’s what they do, you’re not supposed to be missing or worse than hungover for it. This is not a video game or a movie it’s someone’s child(daughter), for God’s sake have some compassion and we’ve ALL done it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gregg

    It is soo sad that we live in such a violent society that we must constantly be on the defensive. But, knowing this people must take precautions and be aware of their surroundings. Hopefully this is not another sad situation that could have been prevented.

  • Tammy Dennington

    I hope and pray that you all never have a teenager missing. Your comments are RUDE and HORRIBLE!! So what she was out drinking?? Please tell me that you all are perfect? Never made a mistake when you were her age? Please respect her Family!! There hearts are breaking!! So you all have a heart and just pray-

    • Matthew

      I do Agree Tammy heartless people who think it is funny. Is this how you were raised this is someone’s child do none of you have any sisters this is another human life we are talking about where she was and what he was doing does not matter .These type of comments make me wonder what lies ahead for the future of this country with people like this in it….your parents must be so proud…..

      • Evelyn


    • Tammy Dennington

      Well GOOD for YOU Nick.. I seriously doubt your answer though.. Seeing how you use the “c” word… Mmmm- your character is coming out in your words, so be careful Mr. Neverdoneadarnthingwrong- Those who think they will be first- shall be LAST!!!!! Good Day!

    • Evelyn

      YES THANK YOU, I CANT AGREE MORE. DISGUSTING. I WISH THERE WAS A WAY TO TAKE DOWN THE HORRIBLE COMMENTS. It is so dishartning how disgusting people can be. Put yourself in their shoes.

    • jibby

      you are just IGNORANT!

  • Frank D

    Where is NYPD when drunken women need tucking in?

    It does not sound good.

  • Big Nard

    I bet one of her friends know more about her whereabouts.

  • Anthony Pepe

    stop the presses! another blond woman is missing!

  • MIKE


    • nyc

      So true ! 4:30am ,barefoot and alone out in the sticks ? Dosen’t sound good.

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