INDIANAPOLIS - The parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer are sharing their pain and frustration with People magazine 19 months after their daughter was last seen.
In an article in this week's edition entitled "Life Without Lauren," Robert and Charlene Spierer granted a rare emotional interview from their New York home, where Lauren's presence is still felt.
Her mother told the magazine she still hasn't been able to go inside her daughter's room, which remains exactly as it was when she went missing in June 2011, while boxes of Lauren's belongings are still stacked in the family's den.
"I can't bear to move them. I know they're just boxes, but I can't," Charlene Spierer told People. "You wake up every day with this hurt, and it doesn't go away."
Lauren was 20 years old when she was last seen walking toward her Bloomington apartment after a night of drinking with friends.
In the article, Lauren's parents slam what they call a "code of silence" between the young men who saw Lauren last, citing their quick move to obtain attorneys and the men's reluctance to take FBI-administered polygraph tests.
"There are all still actively people that we and the police have not been able to question to the full extent," Bo Dietl, the family's private investigator, told the magazine.
The couple said they still spend several hours every week looking for leads online and combing through old documents for anything they missed.
They have their own theories about what happened to their daughter that night.
"I don't think Lauren survived the night, but I don't think this was some random abduction," Charlene Spierer told the magazine.
"For Lauren to be in the condition she was in, we believe she may have been drugged," Robert Spierer told the magazine. "We know there is a person on this earth that knows what happened."
Lauren's sister, Rebecca, who married this fall without her sister by her side, also gave a statement for the article, telling People, "I never could have imagined that over a year and a half later, we would still not have answers. The pain of living without Lauren is indescribable. We have to cope with the grief of missing Lauren and we still struggle with the unknown."
Despite the family's pain, Robert and Charlene Spierer told the magazine they still feel support when they visit Bloomington, and they said they know Lauren hasn't been forgotten.
"It's frustrating because 19 months later, we still don't have answers, and we still don't have our child," Robert Spierer told the magazine. "I promise you, we're far from giving up."
Anyone with information about Spierer's case is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department tip line at 812-339-4477 or the family's private detective firm, Beau Dietl & Associates, at 800-777-9366.
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