Volunteers turning out for 'Find Lauren Day'

BLOOMINGTON, IN. - A steady stream of volunteers arrived early Saturday morning at McNutt Hall on the Indiana University campus to search for missing IU student Lauren Spierer.

Friday marked three weeks since the 20-year-old's disappearance from downtown Bloomington. Since then, her parents and supporters have helped organize several searches, and Saturday was declared "Find Lauren Day."

Volunteers will spend the day searching areas on the outskirts of Bloomington.

A Franklin couple participated in Saturday's search efforts.

"Kevin and I have three daughters ourselves, and our youngest was just married last Saturday. We said then we're lucky. We know where our daughters are, and to attend the last one's wedding last Saturday, and these parents deserve to know where their daughter is. We can't imagine what they're going through and we wanted to be part of this search today," said the woman.

She said she sympathized with Robert and Charlene Spierer, who spoke at every press briefing hosted by Bloomington Police over the past three weeks. Police said Friday's would be the final press briefing on the case, although the investigation continues.

"Just the emotion in their faces, and the hurt and the pain they're going through. The exhaustion on their faces. Just can't imagine what they're going through," she said.

"Anything we can do to help," said her husband.

Volunteers will be given a specific area to search. If you are 18 years old and have valid photo ID, you are encouraged to show up anytime this afternoon to assist in the search.

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