Mother of missing Indiana student lashes out in heart-wrenching letter

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The mother of Lauren Spierer is lashing out at the person responsible for her daughter's disappearance and those who refuse to reveal the truth about what happened to the 20-year-old Indiana University student.

In her latest public letter, Charlene Spierer directly addresses the person she believes is holding on to the secret of Lauren's fate, saying, "It sickens me to write to you once again, but I have no choice."

The IU junior was last seen June 3, 2011, walking back to her Bloomington apartment after a night of partying with friends.

Despite several campus- and county-wide searches and a "Find Lauren" campaign that reached across the country, no sign of Spierer has been found.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate nearby cases of remains found, including a human skull discovered last month in the White River in Indianapolis.

"On June 4, 2011, we were hoping for Lauren's rescue. As time passed, we were hoping for Lauren's recovery," Charlene Spierer said. "Today, we are waiting to find out if the remains found in the White River belong to Lauren."

Testing the skull against Spierer's DNA and dental records could take up to eight weeks, which her mother calls "80,640 minutes of agony" in the letter.

"I find it incomprehensible that if, by chance, you are reading this, you know the answer already," Spierer wrote, addressing the person responsible for Lauren's disappearance. "I guarantee you have no idea what it's like waiting to find out if the remains recovered from any number of places are those of your child."

Spierer also broached the question of why five of her daughter's acquaintances who police loosely identified as persons of interest in the days after her disappearance were so quick to hire attorneys.

"Did you hire an attorney?" she asked. "I wonder if you are among those who continue to refuse to cooperate with the Bloomington Police Department," citing "law enforcement polygraphs (that) remain untaken."

Spierer implored those who know what happened to her daughter to step up and speak out, saying, "I will never forgive those who could have helped and did not."

She finished the letter with harsh words for the person responsible for Lauren's disappearance.

"I hope that someday, your parents, your siblings, your friends will all be in a courtroom when your true self is revealed, the self which was born on June 3, 2011, when you took Lauren from us," she wrote. "I hope that every time you look into a mirror you remember the choices you made on June 3, 2011. I hope with every breath you take, you remember Lauren."

Family members have asked anyone with information to contact Bloomington police at 812-339-4477, or Beau Dietl Associates, a private investigating firm, at 800-777-9366.

More Information: To read Charlene Spierer's letter, click here.

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