As anyone who is in central Indiana already knows, Lauren Spierer, an IU sophomore from Scarsdale, New York, disappeared early Friday morning in Bloomington. Obviously, the longer a saga like this goes on, the less likely it is that there will be a happy ending, but it's not impossible (Elizabeth Smart, for instance). Regardless, for family and friends of Lauren, any answer would be better than no answer. How can you help?
Join the search. If you are in or near Bloomington and have the time and physical ability, by all means, show up and help other volunteers scour the area. The meeting point is Smallwood, the apartment complex at 455 North College Avenue where Lauren lives, at 11 a.m. today.
- Send money. IU's Hillel Center is accepting donations that will be targeted toward the search--billboards, flyers, who knows what else.
- Stay informed. There is a Facebook page that is providing updates and information about the search. (UPDATE: This Twitter feed appears to be much more active than the Facebook page).