Robert Spierer struggled to hold back tears during Friday morning’s press conference at the Bloomington Police Headquarters. The father of missing 20-year-old IU sophomore Lauren Spierer was noticeably emotional speaking about Father’s Day weekend.
“I would ask any of the children out there to let your parents know,” Spierer said, pausing to collect himself. Charlene Spierer, at her husband’s side, added “we’d just like to say that Sunday is Father’s Day as everybody knows and the greatest gift that Robbie could have is information about Lauren. “
Bloomington Police Cpt. Joe Qualters did not take questions from the press Friday but offered updates on the case that has now received more than 1000 tips.
Qualters also said police have received “in excess of 500 tips” related to the white truck depicted in surveillance pictures released Wednesday.
IU Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith was present at Friday’s press conference and says student safety concerns have been raised during freshman orientation.
“Really the questions have been about the services and about the programs, but we do encourage folks throughout the two days to talk with representatives of the police or the residence halls or the other agencies on campus that can help students be safe,” Goldsmith said.
“I think people are aware that Bloomington IU is not a bubble,” Goldsmith said. “ “Some things can happen here, but I think [parents] also know Bloomington is a very safe community.”
Organized searches for Lauren Spierer will continue into the weekend with headquarters at McNutt residence hall. 167 people aided in Thursday’s search efforts for the missing coed.