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Bloomington Removes Lauren Spierer Signs, Sparks Outcry

The city of Bloomington took down the signs asking for information about Lauren Spierer on Friday.

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Photo: Email Drive for Lauren

The Bloomington Fire Department reposted new signs in April.

The city of Bloomington has removed signs with information about the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, sparking some outcry from those dedicated to searching for her.

The then-19 year old student disappeared about two years ago in Bloomington. Soon afterward, city crews put up 20 large signs asking for information about her disappearance.

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says city officials intend no disrespect and police continue to actively investigate the case.

“For the many people who have felt the signs should have been taken down long ago, it’s long overdue. For those who believe they should remain in place, no time was right to remove them,” he said in a statement.

Kruzan said the city originally planned to remove the signs after IU graduation last May, but local firefighters posted fresh signs in April, so the city decided to wait another six months.

Should Bloomington have taken down the signs? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • Ted Smith

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!! THAT STORY HAS LONG SINCE BEEN BEATEN PAST THE POINT OF DEATH!!!!!! NOW SSSSSHHHHHAAAAADDDDDUUUUUPPPPP ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    - TED SMITH, UPSTATE NEW YORK

  • Tree

    I agree, Ted, you should shaddup.
    In America, if you don’t want to read about something, DON’T read about it. Us supporters of the constitution call that freedom. But then again, the right to be an insensitive dolt is called, um, let me see. . . freedom. Another right – your being immature and insisting on commenting on this, because you are surely angry you have been recognized – well that one is called, hmm. . . freedom.
    So, go ahead. Get the last word and reaffirm your belief that they should forget about a missing citizen so you don’t have to make a choice and exercise your what? FREEDOM.
    As the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch would say: “Flame on!” Go for it, Ted. B-bye. Oh, and welcome to America!

  • ShotDR

    Why don’t you shut up and worry about yourself! I wonder, if this was YOUR daughter (or loved one) would you still feel the same way about all this?!?! You are right about one thing though… This story had been going on long enough. It is way past time for Bloomington, IN to speak up and tell what they know about this case and also, to FIND Lauren!!! I will let you in on something though… We are not going anywhere until LAUREN is found and back home with her family!!! So mourn the loss of an 82 year old actor that has passed, having lived a full life and leave us to continue searching for this child whom has been MISSING greater than 2 years. There’s an old saying that goes something like this: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.

  • Guest

    Best wishes in your search and rescue efforts.

  • Ted Smith

    “So mourn the loss of an 82 year old actor that has passed, having lived a full life”

    - I AM MOURNING THE LOSS OF HAL NEEDHAM!!! HE WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOW BIZ PEOPLE!!!!

  • Paul K

    Ted, I happen to think that unless we post *an equal number of signs* for all of the other missing people in Bloomington, it is time for them to come down.

    However, you’re being an ass about it. Stay out of a local debate. And honestly, drop the all-caps approach. Makes you look like a dumbshit.

  • ganger

    i feel bad for the family i lived in bloomington most my life , always think its sad t to see someone just vanish in the town i loved , grew up in , but bad things happen . may she rest in peace . and time must go on , with due respect it was time . may her memory rest as for the people of bloomington must go on . find your peace . and let it rest for to beat it over and over is disrespect. to the people.

  • SparksinKY

    WHEN YOU TYPE IN ALL CAPS LIKE THIS, NO ONE ELSE ON THE INTERNET WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU LOOK INSANE!!!!!!

  • Ted Smith

    THAT’S THE IDEA!!!! I AM INSANE!!!!!

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