Information regarding missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is no longer on IU’s homepage. Officials say the “Find Lauren” web banner was removed Saturday nearly eight months after Spierer went missing after a night out partying with friends.
IU spokesperson Mark Land says the University has been in contact with Spierer’s parents about the presence of the content on the website and it was time to make changes.
The ‘Find Lauren’ information will now be displayed the first week of every month on the homepage. But Land says removing the information will also let the University design two new buttons to help keep the information fresh. Land says one of the biggest worries is that if people see the information for an extended period of time, they will stop noticing it.
“The important thing for us is, that we want everybody to know, is that we are still as committed now as we were at the beginning of this to help do whatever we can to help the Spierers get through this and to help find Lauren,” said Land. “And, you know, we continue to hope for the very, very best for them and for Lauren.”
Lauren’s father, Robert Spierer released a statement on Facebook saying his family was disappointed by the University’s decision because he thinks information from someone at IU will eventually lead to finding Lauren.
Information on the Lauren Spierer search can still be found on the University’s Protect IU website.