It has now been three weeks since 20-year-old Lauren Spierer went missing, and Bloomington, Indiana police announced today that there will be no more scheduled news briefings until such time as there are developments to be reported. Police Captain Joe Qualters reiterated that the department is still very actively investigating the college student’s disappearance.
Spierer is the relative of Tamara Braun, who appears as Taylor on the soap Days of Our Lives, which airs weekdays at 1pm PST on Riverside NBC affiliate channel 4. The actress has been actively taking to her Twitter account and official web site to plead for information regarding Lauren’s whereabouts.
A week ago, police released a photo of a white truck that was seen in the immediate area where Spierer was last seen on the night of June 3rd. The driver has since been found, and after close scrutiny by investigators, has been cleared as a suspect, removing one more lead in a case that appears to be growing colder by the day.
In addition, the bag of clothes and shoebox found tucked behind a dumpster by a maintenance worker in Lauren’s apartment building has also been ruled out as having anything to do with her disappearance.
There have been more than 1500 tips, many stemming from the story airing twice on the Fox show America’s Most Wanted, and police have viewed more than 300 hours of video footage from the areas where Lauren was last seen; however, no additional leads or suspects have come to light.
More than 300 searches have taken place, and Lauren’s friends and family have no intention of stopping, planning one of the largest so far on Saturday. An intensive, full-scale search will take place tomorrow, July 25th, in what is being called “Find Lauren Day.” Volunteers are asked to show up at 8am at the McNutt Quad on the Indiana University Campus, where Lauren is also a student.
Lauren is 20 years old and a junior at IU. She is 4’11” tall, 95 lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen at approximately 4:30 a.m. on June 3rd wearing a white V-neck shirt with butterfly sleeves to the elbows and black leggings with zippers near the ankles. She was barefoot, having left her shoes and cell phone at Kilroy’s Sports Bar earlier in the evening. She suffers from a rare and dangerous heart condition, long-QT syndrome, which requires medical attention.
If you have any information about Lauren or the case, please contact the Bloomington, Indiana Police Department at 812-339-4477 or email [email protected] No tip or piece of information is too small or insignificant.
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