June 3, 2011 will always be a day that I remember very well. It was the day that I was accpeted into IU. I remember being so excited. However, that same day that I changed my school on FB, I started being asked to join all these "Find Lauren" pages, a girl that was missing from IU on June 3rd. I thought it was some sort of spam at first, but the more I read I saw how true it was. I have to admit I was scared. Here I had gotten into at the time, my dream school, and then a sweet innocent girl had gone missing. I remember telling my friend Eman, and we followed the story like crazy. We were in shock. Yes, people go missing everyday, but it is different when it's someone from the school you are about to go to. I remember going to orientation that summer and seeing the posters all around, it became more and more real. Lauren could've been any blonde walking on campus. I would see her family on TV and ache for them. I brought her name and story up at Bible study, I didn't know this girl but I wanted her to be found so badly, my heart hurt for them, I wanted a miracle story.
There are lot of speculations, and I'm not here to talk about that. As one year approaches this Sunday, I pray for the Spierer family, I pray for the people who were with Lauren that night. I pray for the person(s) who know where she is. You can only keep quiet for so long. I pray that the Spierer's receive closure on their daughters disappearance.
Appreciate the one's you love, because you never know when it'll be the last time you see them. And always life live to the fullest.
Lauren's family on the Today show 6/1/12
For more info on Lauren's Story or to donate to the Find Lauren fund visit: www.findlauren.com