More than four months after Lauren Spierer was last seen, her mother is again appealing to those who know what happened to come forward.
In a letter posted on the family's website
, Charlene Spierer said she never expected to see the seasons change and still not know what happened to her daughter.
The 20-year-old Indiana University student was last seen early on the morning of June 3 after a night out drinking with friends.
In a recent trip back to Bloomington after spending time at home in New York, Charlene Spierer said she and her husband, Robert, discovered a letter in the P.O. box the family had established to garner anonymous tips.
But instead of information about her daughter, Spierer said the author wrote, "We are sorry about your missing daughter. But don't you think it's time to do the right thing by Bloomington and stop littering our town with your posters?
You have had a lot of supporters but now you are offending a good many of us."
"To the anonymous writer of the letter directed at me, if your goal was to hurt me, you were successful, making me feel worse than I already do for imposing on Bloomington," Spierer wrote. "Believe me, I wish we had never had to hang one single poster for our missing child."
Spierer said she's been told that the posters featuring her daughter's picture have been seen across the country.
"(They remind) anyone who happens to notice that a 20-year-old girl is missing. A girl who could be you. A girl who could be your child, your friend, your daughter," Spierer wrote. "We have no plans to give up our search for Lauren."
Spierer said that when the initial searches began, someone told to her that the task would be easier in the fall once the leaves fell, the cornfields were cleared and hunters started traversing the woods.
But Spierer said she never expected finding the truth would take that long.
"While statistics are against us after almost five months, our family continues to hold that shred of hope for Lauren's safe return. How could we not?" she wrote.
Spierer ended with an appeal to those who know what really happened to her daughter.
"You have the ability to end this nightmare. With every beat of my heart and every fiber of my body, I wish for Lauren's return. You alone have the knowledge which can return Lauren to us," Spierer wrote.
She encouraged those holding onto the truth to come forward somehow, even if it's just the act of sending an anonymous letter.
"The price of a stamp stands between you and me. I am waiting to hear from you. Maybe today will be the day your letter makes its way to the post office box," Spierer wrote. "We will never stop looking for Lauren. We will never give up. We are as determined today as we were on June 3."
The address for tips is PO Box 1226, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Spierer is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds. Police are accepting tips at 812-339-4477.
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