Lauren Spierer

Information about her disappearance and search

Any information should be reported to IUPD-BL at 812-855-4111 or Bloomington PD at 812-339-4477.
For updated information about the search & from the Spierer family, visit FindLauren.com.
  • Message from President McRobbie
  • Twitter and Facebook feeds
  • Videos
  • Letter to incoming students and their parents from Provost Karen Hanson
  • Email Responses from Indiana University Executives
  • Message from President Michael A. McRobbie

    The entire Indiana University community is deeply concerned over the disappearance of Lauren Spierer. We will continue to cooperate in every way possible with the Bloomington police and others who are conducting an intensive investigation and search for Lauren. I have met with the parents, as has Provost Karen Hanson, and we both have pledged to them that IU will do all that we can to support them and to help find out what has happened to Lauren. The Dean of Students, Pete Goldsmith, will continue to serve as the university's main contact with the family but we have deployed other university resources to this effort, as well. University police, facilities staff, campus ROTC and many other university employees have participated in the effort to find Lauren. We will continue to assist the family and the authorities in any way that we can.

    Michael A. McRobbie


    Lauren Spierer

    4' 11"
    95lbs.
    Blonde hair
    Blue eyes
    Last seen wearing:
    - black pants
    - white tank top
    -white top

    IU Contacts

    Primary Contact

    IUB Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith is Indiana University's general contact point and also liaison to the Spierer family.
    812-855-0850
    hdgoldsm@indiana.edu

    Media Contact

    IU's media contact is George Vlahakis
    812-855-0846
    vlahakis@iu.edu.

    Other Resources

    FindLauren.com

    Official Find Lauren web site

    IU Hillel

    Visit iuhillel.org to donate or get involved.

    Blog

    * NewsOnLaurenS Blog

    Twitter

    @NewsOnLaurenS username

    #FindLauren hashtag

    Map of Lauren Spierer's movements the morning of June 3rd

    Click the map to download a high-resolution version.

    Map of Lauren Spierer's movements the morning of June 3rd

    Videos

    Lt. Bill Parker and Lauren's parents speak at a Jun 9 press briefing


    Lauren's parents speak at briefing

    Watch the entire briefing at TheIndyChannel.com 6 News


    Letter to incoming students and parents from Provost Karen Hanson

    Dear Parents:

    The following note has been sent via e-mail and distributed in hard copy to you and your new Indiana University students. We want you to be aware of this issue and the steps the community and the university are taking to find Lauren Spierer. We also want to underscore the importance of the informattion on personal safety that is part of New Student Orientation. The Dean of Students, Pete Goldsmith, will be meeting with all parents to convey information about safety resources on campus, as well as other information relevant to student life, and to answer any questions you might have.

    Sincerely,

    Karen Hanson
    Provost and Executive Vice President

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    Dear New Students,

    Welcome to the Bloomington campus for New Student Orientation. As the chief academic officer for IU Bloomington, I am delighted that you have chosen to pursue your higher education at Indiana University. You will find limitless opportunities here to learn, to grow, to develop your many talents. Orientation will help you begin to navigate the campus and help you get ready to make the most of all the resources IU has to offer you. Ask questions— now and when you start classes in August. You will find the faculty, staff, and your fellow students are responsive and happy to be helpful. We are very glad you're here, and we look forward to greeting you again at the start of the fall semester.

    The pleasure and excitement we at IU always feel at the arrival of the new students is, however, shadowed this year by our special concern about Lauren Spierer, a junior at IU who has been missing since June 3. Our thoughts are with Lauren, her family, and friends. The university administration and many faculty, staff, and students, along with members of the Bloomington community, are doing all they can to help find Lauren and to assist fellow students, all of whom have been affected by her disappearance. The Bloomington Police Department is leading the investigation and the Indiana University Police Department is working very closely with them. IU's campus and the Bloomington community are, in general, very safe places.

    Lauren's disappearance is a reminder, however, that even in a community as special—as friendly and hospitable‐‐ as Bloomington, crimes can and do
    occur.

    While we cannot fully insulate ourselves from the reality of crime in our world, IU Bloomington offers many resources to help students stay healthy and safe. The university is committed to a range of proactive steps to ensure awareness of campus safety procedures and services. During New Student Orientation, you will learn more about IU's programs and the measures that can and should be taken to increase your level of personal safety. I urge you to take seriously these messages and to incorporate these recommendations
    and behaviors into your daily life.

    As incoming students, you are now members of the IU family. We care deeply about you and your well‐being.

    Sincerely,

    Karen Hanson
    Provost and Executive Vice President


    Email Responses from Indiana University Executives

    Provost Karen Hanson

    TO: [All IUB faculty and staff]
    FROM: Karen Hanson, Provost and Executive Vice President <provost@indiana.edu>
    DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
    SUBJECT: Missing Student Lauren Spierer

    Dear members and friends of the IU Bloomington community,

    Our thoughts continue to be with Lauren Spierer, a junior at IU Bloomington who has been missing since early Friday morning. Lauren was last seen at around 4:30 a.m. on the morning of Friday, June 3 near the intersection of 11th St. and College Avenue.

    Members of the university and the Bloomington community are doing all they can to find Lauren and to assist fellow students who have been affected by her disappearance. The Bloomington Police Department is leading the investigation and the Indiana University Police Department is working very closely with them.

    Searches are ongoing. If you are able to assist in the efforts to find Lauren, please visit the Indiana Daily Student web site for search schedules and logistics. A Twitter account at @NewsOnLaurenS, a Facebook page (Missing: Lauren Spierer), and the web site of the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center will also have information on organized searches.

    At Protect IU, you can also find up-to-date information on Lauren's disappearance. You can sign up to receive safety, security, and preparedness related information from IU. Protect IU is a supplement to the IU Notify system. Click 'Connect and Subscribe' and select the types of notifications you would like to receive.

    If anyone has any information about Lauren's whereabouts, please call the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477, or the Indiana University Police Department at 812-855-4111.

    Our thoughts continue to be with Lauren, her family, and her friends.

    Karen Hanson
    Provost and Executive Vice President


    Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith

    TO: [All IUB faculty and staff]
    FROM: Pete Goldsmith, Dean of Students <iubdos@indiana.edu>
    DATE: Monday, June 6, 2011
    SUBJECT: A Message from the Dean of Students

    To all IU Bloomington faculty and staff:

    As you have likely heard by now, IU student Lauren Spierer has been missing since early Friday and the Bloomington Police Department is conducting an intensive investigation with IU Police assisting in every way necessary.

    Starting this morning, our Campus Division and physical plant personnel have been searching and inspecting all our buildings and grounds areas, to include construction sites, for anything that might assist police in their investigation.

    If you have any knowledge about Lauren Spierer that might be helpful to the investigation, please do not hesitate to contact Bloomington Police or IU Police. Phone numbers for both departments, as well as information on the investigation, can be found on the Protect IU web page, http://protect.iu.edu.

    Faculty and staff members can refer students who are distressed by Lauren's disappearance to Counseling and Psychological Services at 855-5711.

    If you are contacted by news media, please refer them to university spokesman Larry MacIntyre, 856-1172, or to my office, 855-8187.

    Thank you,

    Pete Goldsmith
    Dean of Students

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