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Edgemont Still Hopes Lauren Spierer Will Be Found

EDGEMONT, N.Y. — It's been four months since Edgemont native Lauren Spierer disappeared in Bloomington, Ind. and the pain has not let up.

“It’s a continuous loop of sadness and anxiety,” said Loren Weiss, an Edgemont resident and friend of the Spierer family who went to Indiana in the first week after Lauren Spierer’s disappearance. "I never would have thought that it would go four months."

Spierer, a student at Indiana University, was last seen at 4:30 a.m. on June 3, after a night out with friends.

Lauren’s parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, went to Indiana after the disappearance and remained there searching for her since. They created a website and have been trying hard to keep their daughter in the public’s mind, drawing on various kinds of  support, from fundraisings to vigils to concerts.

"They are functioning with the same intensity as they had on day one," Weiss said. "They're never going to give up. They really appreciate that the media is keeping the case alive."

After four months of their relentless effort, however, Spierer is still missing.

Michele Gordon, another family friend, said that she's also disappointed but remains confident that the truth will eventually surface.

“I strongly believe that answers will be found,” said Gordon, whose oldest daughter graduated with Lauren Spierer at Edgemont High School.

Gordon and Weiss both attended a walk in support of the Spierers last month in Scarsdale .

“All we can do is hope, and never stop,” Weiss said.

Standing at the door of his house, Martin Rivlin, 83, recalled the day four months ago when he first learned that Spierer had disappeared.

“A neighbor came by one night and said, ‘Did you know that the Spierer girl is missing? And it looks bad,’” Rivlin said.

Rivlin, a former lawyer and engineer, has lived for 38 years across the street from Spierers' house in Edgemont. Although he was not a close friend of the family, he said he casually met Spierer several times and called her a “lovely” girl.

“She was always pleasant, very pleasant,” Rivlin said.

A father of two and grandfather of four, he added that a missing child is the “most terrible thing that could happen to a parent.”

Nonetheless, Rivlin said that he, too, remains optimistic.

“She might still be alive,” he said. “She might be held somewhere.”

If somebody out there knows what happened to Lauren Spierer,  that person needs to come forward now, Weiss said.

"Can you imagine living with this for the rest of your life?"

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