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Vigil Marks 6 Months Since Spierer's Disappearance

GREENBURGH, N.Y.  – A vigil is planned in Indiana Saturday to mark six months since Edgemont's Lauren Spierer disappeared after leaving a sports bar in Bloomington.

The 20-year-old Indiana University student was last seen in the early-morning hours on Friday, June 3.

The "Support the Spierers" vigil begins at the downtown Bloomington apartment building where Spierer lived before her disappearance.

Another event connected to the disappearance -- Safety for Spierer, a self-defense class --  will be offered at Coles Sports and Recreation Center in New York City from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 11. The cost is $7 for NYU students and faculty and $10 for others.

The Bloomington Police released the following statement Friday:

"The Bloomington Police Department continues to actively investigate the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, which occurred six months ago on June 3, 2011. The Department continues to receive tips from the public and from other law enforcement agencies with information about what they have heard or with names of individuals that should be considered as possibly being involved. Those tips are followed up by a team of investigators who have been assigned to the case since the beginning and Lauren's case continues to be the priority assignment for them.

"Despite the time that has passed since this investigation began, much has been done and much continues to be done on this case. The Bloomington Police Department remains as committed to this investigation as we were on June 3rd and our vigorous efforts will continue as we seek to provide answers to Lauren's family and the Bloomington community."

The fashion major, daughter of Rob and Charlene Spierer of Edgemont, was supposed to begin her junior year at the university in September. Since she disappeared, Bloomington Police have received more than 2,400 tips, according to information accompanying the statement. Agencies assisting in the investigation include the FBI, Indiana State Police, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Indiana University Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (Team Adam).

Tips and information can be provided by calling the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477

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