Volunteers searching for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer have now covered the better part of a one-mile radius around the junior’s downtown Bloomington home. Rabbi Sue Silberberg of IU’s Hillel House has been helping to coordinate the search and says Bloomingtonians should search their own property for anything suspicious, but should not disturb anything they find. Silberberg said any discovery may be an important one.
“Nothing has turned up so far, which is why we’re just asking people if they know anything, please call in to the police and let us know anything — even if it seems like it might not matter, but you were out that night and you saw anything or you saw Lauren, just let us know,” she said.
IU Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith says on-campus searches by members of the school’s physical plant staff turned up no clues Monday. Local businesses have begun to donate to the effort to find Spierer. Bret Dearolf from Bloomington’s Pita Pit location brought smoothies to afternoon volunteers and said he and his colleagues had begun to feel bad walking by the mounting volunteer effort as they made deliveries.
“Everybody’s talking about it today, I mean we’ve been talking about it with everybody. We seriously just felt helpless almost, so we decided to try and do something,” he said.
Spierer’s father Robert declined to take questions at a Tuesday morning press conference and again as searchers headed out to look for his daughter in the afternoon. Bloomington police say they’ve received hundreds of tips in the case – none of them credible.