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Bloomington Police search for missing 20-year-old woman

POSTED AT 04:37 PM ON Jun. 4, 2011  (UPDATED AT 01:45 PM ON Jul. 5, 2011)


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The Bloomington Police Department has been searching for a missing woman since 4:30 a.m. Friday. The woman is Lauren Spierer, age 20.

She just finished her sophomore year at IU. Spierer studies fashion merchandising and was a University Division scholar.

She planned to stay in Bloomington for part of this summer to take a course at Ivy Tech before starting an internship at the clothing store Anthropologie in New York City. Her parents and older sister live in New York.

Spierer is a white female, 4 feet 11 inches tall, slender build, has blue eyes and long blonde hair.

Spierer was last seen walking south on College Avenue from 11th Street on her way back to her apartment in Smallwood Plaza, located on College Avenue.

She did not arrive to her apartment and video footage does not show her entering the apartment complex.

Spierer was wearing a white tank top with a loose, light colored button shirt over it and full length black stretch pants. She was not wearing shoes.

According to her mother, Spierer has a life-threatening heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. Spierer's mother has asked that if anyone knows where her daughter is, to please take her to the hospital.

Police officers have searched the area several times, including a search with a police K-9 unit. They have also spoken with businesses, construction crews and residents in the area.

According to the Hillel Center's website, volunteers will meet at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 6 at Smallwood Plaza to search for Spierer. Volunteers are needed.

Flyers have been distributed all across the IU campus as well as Bloomington. Anyone with information about Lauren Spierer should call BPD at 812-339-4477.

— Brooke Lillard and CJ Lotz


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