Police Have Received More Than 3K Tips Since College Student Went Missing

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Bloomington Police Department says it has received more than 3,000 tips in the two years since an Indiana University student from Westchester went missing.

Lauren Spierer vanished June 3, 2011, after a night of partying with friends. She left without her shoes or cell phone and was later seen on surveillance video stumbling out of an elevator at her apartment. She was last seen wearing black pants and a white top.

Bloomington police would not comment specifically on the search other than to say that it has received a total of 3,060 tips, and 166 of those have been received this year.

“Since the time of Lauren’s disappearance on June 3, 2011, the Bloomington Police Department has continued its ongoing effort to provide answers to Lauren’s family and the Bloomington community,” Bloomington police said in a statement. “No amount of time passing will deter us from our responsibility and we remain dedicated to Lauren’s cause.”

The 20-year-old apparel merchandising major from Greenburgh would have graduated from Indiana University last month. Indiana University President Michael McRobbie asked those attending graduation to keep Spierer and her family in their thoughts.

Her parents have said they assume their daughter is dead, but told The Herald-Times they still believe someone will come forward with answers about what happened to her.

“My expectations have gotten much smaller on a daily basis,” Charlene Spierer said. “It’s extremely frustrating.”

“There’s a sense that some day, some week things will change for us,” Robert Spierer told The Herald-Times. “That someone will have the strength, the crisis of conscience to come forward.”

For more information, visit the family’s website www.findlauren.com.

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