Prayer service honors missing Indiana student

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Community leaders and strangers offered support for the family of an Indiana University student missing for nearly a month during a prayer service at a Bloomington church.

A line of hugs and encouragement met Robert and Charlene Spierer after the Thursday night service. They heard a minister pray that whoever knows what happened to their 20-year-old daughter Lauren to step from "the shadows of darkness" and tell police.

More than 100 people attended the service, hearing from speakers that included Jane Hoeppner, the wife of IU football coach Terry Hoeppner who died in 2007 from a brain tumor.

Robert Spierer told reporters after the service that he and his wife are "forever grateful" for the support they've received.

The Spierers said during a news conference Friday that they're staying in Bloomington and remain determined to find out what happened to their daughter. Lauren's parents made a new plea during the news conference.
Robert Spierer asked that the parents of students who might have even secondhand information help their children find the courage to come forward.

The Greenburgh, N.Y., woman was last seen about 4:30 a.m. June 3 walking alone to her apartment after a night out with friends. Police this week called off the general searches that had attracted hundreds of volunteers who scoured the city and parts of the surrounding wooded countryside.