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One Week Missing: Neither Police Nor Family Giving Up

It’s been more than one week since IU student Lauren Spierer went missing, but police and her family reiterated at a press conference this morning that they are not giving up hope of finding her.

According to Lt. Bill Parker with the Bloomington Police Department, a search of a specific area of Monroe Lake yesterday turned up no new information, but police and conservation officers are continuing to search the area.

Smallwood Plaza Apartments spokesman Ernie Reno turned over data to the Bloomington Police Department today of all electronic access card swipes in the building from the 48 hours surrounding Spierer’s disappearance. Reno said over 4,000 swipes were made at the buildings 12 card access entry points.

While Reno claimed Smallwood turned this information over voluntarily, Lt. Parker said his department had asked for the data earlier in the investigation, but a search warrant was never issued for the information.

According to Lt. Parker, the police do have several persons of interest they have spoken to, but there are a few individuals who police have been unable to contact. Parker refused to comment further on why his department had not spoken to these people.

The police set up a checkpoint early Friday morning at the corner of 11th and College, hoping to find motorists who frequent that intersection during the time Spierer disappeared. The police also used dogs again to search the area.

According to Lauren’s father, over 400 people showed up Thursday evening for the search for his daughter, and he and his family have no plans to stop the daily searches. Spierer also said volunteers on horseback will be searching rural areas of Monroe County this weekend.

Searches will begin this weekend at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Anyone with any information on Spierer’s disappearance should call the Bloomington Police Tip line at 812-339-4477.

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