Mom Of Missing College Student From Westchester Says She Was Hurt By Anonymous Letter

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (CBSNewYork) — The mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer says she was hurt by an anonymous letter sent to her complaining about search posters littering Bloomington.

On a blog dedicated to the search of her missing 20-year-old daughter, Charlene Spierer posted that she found the unsigned letter in a post office box set up to receive tips.

“I opened and read the letter,” she wrote. “The writer of the letter did not sign their name and I have no way of knowing who sent it. Clearly the point of the PO Box, to be anonymous. I quote, ‘We are sorry about your missing daughter. But don’t you think it’s time to do the right thing by Bloomington and stop littering our town with your posters?’ It goes on to say ‘You have had a lot of supporters but now you are offending a good many of us.’”

She said the writer’s words made her feel even worse for “imposing on Bloomington” as she and her family search for their daughter.

“To the anonymous writer of the letter directed at me, if your goal was to hurt me, you were successful,” Spierer says.

She goes on to say she wishes she never had to hang a single missing poster and hopes the writer of the letter is never put in a similar situation.

“I apologize for our intrusion,” Spierer wrote. “I hope you never have to hang a poster for your missing child, but believe me; I will be alongside you if you should ever find yourself in my place. Rest assured, Lauren’s posters have been seen in many places outside of Bloomington. We’ve been told Lauren’s missing posters have been seen across the country on cars and trucks, reminding anyone who happens to notice that a 20-year-old girl is missing. A girl who could be you. A girl who could be your child, your friend, your daughter. Thank goodness for that. We have no plans to give up our search for Lauren.”

Lauren Spierer disappeared on June 3 after a night out with friends.

Since she went missing, the Spierer family has been calling on the Indiana University and Bloomington communities to come forward with any information that could help find their daughter.

Charlene Spierer reiterated that message in her post to the anonymous writer.

“While it took cowardice to take Lauren off the streets of Bloomington, June 3, 2011, I offer a coward’s alternative to providing the truth. An anonymous post office box. The price of a stamp stands between you and me. I am waiting to hear from you. Maybe today will be the day your letter makes its way to the post office box. We will never stop looking for Lauren.  We will never give up. We are as determined today as we were on June 3rd.”

Investigators have searched in and around Bloomington since Lauren’s disappearance, including at a landfill in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Several leads into what may have happened to Lauren have fallen short, but police said they will continue investigating.

Spierer is 4’11”, 95 pounds, has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants and a white top.

For more information, visit the family’s website

Please share your thoughts below…

  • Another mother

    My heart goes out to this family. I have a 20 year old daughter myself and was moved to tears upon learning of her disappearance. I hope and pray that Lauren is found soon. I would hope that any community would pull together to help this family instead of tormenting them further. I’d put up one of those billboard signs with her beautiful face on it. May God Bless and Comfort your family, Mrs. Spierer. From Alabama.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    clearly this girl did more drugs then she could handle and died.
    can we move on and talk about how Obama is responsible for her missing

    • cant believe some posters

      what kind of a**h*** comment is that

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • DanTe

    I love how all the common sense comments are promptly deleted, leaving sniveling boo hoo sycophant posts.

  • Bloomington resident

    I must believe, this is the only idiot in the community that has this opinion. We continue to support the Spierer family in their quest for answers and more importantly, the return of their daughter.

    I just saw Mr Spierer last evening. His conviction and persistence to apply pressure on the IU student body for answers, is truly admirable.

    They are welcome to stay in our community and apply the pressure for answers as long as they wish in addition to hanging as many posters as they like.

  • Sandy L.

    the p.o. box was for anoynimity (sic).

    With that said, it’s callousness and cowardice to complain to a VICTIM about her efforts at solving a crime.
    Exceptions to the poster posting ediquette rules should be accepted.

    Off topic: Did the letter writer also send letters to political headquarters about removing their posters after elections?

    • Meaghan

      The person who sent the anonymous letter about cleaning up the litter should be looked in to….very shady!!!!! Very cruel!

    • Amused but not misled

      Some people can often say just “get over it” since it’s not their loss. Obviously mom believes she was taken by force. Anything is possible. As aparent I guess she can’t believe her daughter does not want to come home.

      If you noticed, lauren’s friends were not all that warm to helping her mom when this all started. I would think they know Lauren better than we do. I’m sure there’s more to this than what the press tells us.

      “Crime”? It’s not all that clear it was a crime.

      • Millie

        Amused but not misled :

        “Crime”? It’s not all that clear it was a crime.”

        your own words:

        Anything is possible.

      • cookie

        Maybe her friends had something to do with what happed to her. That is why they are not warm to helping.

  • Willow

    thats exactly what i was thinking. i absolutely think her friend’s know what happened to her.

  • CT Native

    People can be so cruel. The fact that the writer was anonymous tells you all you need to know about that sniveling coward.

  • What a dope

    what a dope the anonymous writer must be to write a greiving mother about littering. I think this girls friends know what happed to her.

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