BLOOMINGTON, IN (WAVE) - An Indiana University student who just finished her sophomore year has disappeared and the search is on to find her. It's been three days since 20-year-old Lauren Spierer vanished in Bloomington. Monday, dozens of volunteers came out to help find her. Police believe she may still be in the Bloomington area, but people in the peaceful college town fear the worst.
"This isn't normal for Bloomington or the IU campus," said Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg.
Friends, classmates, IU faculty and complete strangers came out looking for Spierer.
"If it was my sister, my friend, I'd want them to do something for me," said IU student Valerie Shoskes.
Spierer was last seen around 4:15 Friday morning. There are fliers with her picture posted all around town. Police say she was last spotted at 11th Street and College Avenue walking barefoot toward her apartment. Earlier that morning, she had been hanging out at Kilroy's sports bar, which is just a block and half from where she lived. Surveillance video shows she never made it home.
"There is a young lady missing," said IU Basketball coach Tom Crean. "Time is if the essence, obviously or you wouldn't have so many people here."
Spierer's parents flew in from New York on Saturday to join the search.
"We'd like anyone whose seen her we'd like them to contact Bloomington police," said Robert Spierer.
Tricia Barber and others in her group combed the area near IU's Memorial Stadium.
"I'm hoping that every doorway, every alley, everything in the vicinity is searched," said Barber.
Barber, a mother herself, fears that three days have passed since anyone has seen Spierer. She remains hopeful Spierer will be found safely.
"A lot of bad things happen but a lot of people are found so, there is no reason to not look," said Barber.
Spierer is described at 4 feet 11 inches tall with a slender build, blue eyes and blond hair. She was last wearing a white tank top and black stretch pants.
Spierer does suffer from a heart condition that requires medication. If she is found, Spierer needs to be taken to the hospital immediately.
Bloomington police are expected to make a statement Tuesday morning regarding their search for Spierer. If you have any information call Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477.
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