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Author Topic: Lauren Spierer, 20yrs old, Indiana University student, missing 6/3/11  (Read 297888 times)
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« Reply #80 on: June 08, 2011, 12:30:51 PM »

Thank you for the update grace-land.  I wish there was some good news. 

YW, MuffyBee.  Just finished listening to the live stream of the press conference at wishtv.com. I'll check for a YouTube video of it later on.
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« Reply #81 on: June 08, 2011, 02:10:36 PM »

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"Parker said a Smallwood employee on the scene would not open the door when asked."

"The employee did not give police a reason for why he or she denied them access, Parker said"
http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=81854

OK something obviously seems suspect there. When 4 police cars arrive, an employee had strict orders to refuse opening the door in question? Drugs, peeping on tenants? Many photos were taken of the room or rooms. I wonder if they put police tape up to prevent entry after police left.
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« Reply #82 on: June 08, 2011, 02:31:59 PM »

these are reviews of Smallwood. Something weird with the mailroom and creepy management.

Edit to add link per Cheerio:   http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/IN-Bloomington-Smallwood-Plaza.html

From: wiebekim1965   Date: 02/07/2007
My daughter lives in Smallwood. I sent her a prescription via Next Day Air UPS so she could start taking her medication right away. The management team would not allow her to pick up the package until 4pm (it didn't arrive early enough for the 9:00 pick up). I tried to talk to the asst. manager, the manager and tracked down the management company and got no where. We have found they have terrible customer service. If we could do it over again, we would have her live in the dorms.
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From: FoxBJK   Date: 05/17/2007
This sounds about right. I had a large package of food sent to me by my grandparents on a Thursday and I didn't have the time to get the package until Monday at 10. I even told them that it's a box of (now rotting) grapefruits but they still wouldn't get off their lazy asses to get the package. To avoid this, send a package via USPS ONLY, that way it's placed into your private mailbox and you can pick it up at your leisure.




Smallwood SUCKS!
From: -Anonymous-
Date posted: 5/5/2011
Years at this apartment: 2010 - 2011
 
Do not sign a lease here!!!! I did and have regretted it more and more every month. The management is horrible and will not assist you in a decent way unless you are forking over cash without hesitation. As soon as you disagree about something they turn on you. No customer service. EVERYTHING is extra and they keep the cameras watching you all the time. They truly only care about money. I know that they are a business and that's what they do but to the extent that they do it is ridiculous. If you must sign here, READ your contract and try and change it around because you WILL get charged for something you didn't even knew existed. I say only rich kids that dont give a hoot will stay for a second year. NOT the place to live!

Management Sucks!!!
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Date posted: 9/15/2005
Years at this apartment: 2005 - 2005
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Anytime I call the rental office, all that I get is rudeness and hostility. I have been hung-up on twice by mangement (including one time by the regional manager), which really doesn't say much about their customer service. In my opinion, if Smallwood Plaze treats all residents in this manner, why would anyone choose to live there'


Nice Place, Bad Managment
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Date posted: 5/17/2007
Years at this apartment: 2006 - 2007
 
The building is brand new and well kept. Each room has a high speed data port, cable outlet and plenty of AC plugs. Kitchen is fully furnished and larger units have a washer/dryer. However, the management staff are the worst people ever. If you have a problem, they're not going to help you and they make it very obvious that they don't care about you, just your money. If you can deal with that, you'll enjoy it, otherwise, DONT MOVE IN!




 






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« Reply #83 on: June 08, 2011, 03:18:02 PM »

Here it is MB  When you click on the one "Management Sucks" 3 more comments open.     http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/IN-Bloomington-Smallwood-Plaza.html

Thanks for the link, I've added it to your post.

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« Reply #84 on: June 08, 2011, 03:32:36 PM »

I am really mad about this. Bloomington has seen a dramatic increase in violent crime, rape numbers are astounding. Along with many RSO living there also. I wonder how many parents know this when looking at IU for their kids? None of my friends who toured the campus had any clue. From doing searches on crime in Bloomington, there is a consistent theme of blaming the victim in assaults and rapes and sweeping things under the rug. A lot of businesses and jobs depend upon Indiana U. Are the students given serious warnings about their safety? Are there patrol cars on College Ave though the night? Students are still there as was Lauren. http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/south_central/rape-reports-up-at-indiana-university

I am not giving up hope for Lauren, but whatever happens I hope the rock is lifted to expose the slimey and dangerous reality of this part of Bloomington.

UPDATE Lauren Spierer Missing In Bloomington IN, Do A Hard Target Search Of the 17 Sex Offenders Listed Within Walking Distance To Kilroy’s Sports Bar, SEE MAPS
Posted: June 8, 2011 by pibillwarner in Lauren Spierer Missing In Bloomington IN   
Tags: Does Indiana Univ warn students living off campus of the possible dangers of registered sex offenders living near and/or in apartment complexes where the students might rent?, Lauren Spierer Missing In Bloomington IN Do A Hard Target Search Of the 17 Sex Offenders Listed Within Walking Distance To Kilroy's Sports Bar, Let's get real here Lauren Spierer is very young looking she is 20 years old with blond hair and blue eyes but at 4'11 tall and 98 lbs she kooks like a 14 year old, SEX OFFENDERS ARE NEVER "CURED Check out this site http://pibillwarner.wordpress.com/

Kilroy’s Sports Bar at 319 North Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN, is the blue dot at the center of the map above, the other indicators are where ‘registered’ sex offenders are linked.

See just one reveiw of Kilroy’s Sports Bar  ”Dive is a euphamism for this place If you like dancing with sloppy East Coast girls in matching outfits and wannabe Indiana thugs, stepping in someone’s regurgitated dinner in the bathrooms and paying 4 dollars for a crappy domestic brew, this is your spot!
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« Reply #85 on: June 08, 2011, 06:26:58 PM »

Press conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, at 11:30 a.m.  They might live stream it at wishtv.com.


YouTube video, "Police: No new info on Lauren Spierer "
Uploaded by wish on Jun 8, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0m-9cxt7wU&feature=player_embedded

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« Reply #86 on: June 08, 2011, 06:49:00 PM »

Video of the Wednesday's news conference (partial) is below the article.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/06/08/2011-06-08_indiana_student_lauren_spierers_family_makes_emotional_plea_for_daughters_safe_r.html

Indiana student Lauren Spierer's family makes emotional plea for daughter's safe return
BY Philip Caulfield
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, June 8th 2011, 2:32 PM

The parents of a missing Indiana University college student from Westchester pleaded for their daughter's safe return in emotional television appearances Wednesday.

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Police spokesman Lt. Bill Parker said video footage showed Spierer coming home early Friday morning and then leaving again, allegedly for a male pal's place down the street.

She was alone, and the male friend was the last person to see her, Parker said.

"The acquaintance watched her walk away, because she said she wanted to go home and he watched her to make sure she was making it all right," Parker said.

Cops were using polygraph tests during interviews with the man, as well as several other unidentified "associates and acquaintances."

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« Reply #87 on: June 08, 2011, 08:27:01 PM »

checking in, sorry they haven't found her. Strange about the room they had to break into. I have a family member who lives in that area, she tells me everyone is freaked out and worried. Ugh...so sad.
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« Reply #88 on: June 08, 2011, 08:28:09 PM »

Video of the Wednesday's news conference (partial) is below the article.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/06/08/2011-06-08_indiana_student_lauren_spierers_family_makes_emotional_plea_for_daughters_safe_r.html

Indiana student Lauren Spierer's family makes emotional plea for daughter's safe return
BY Philip Caulfield
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, June 8th 2011, 2:32 PM

The parents of a missing Indiana University college student from Westchester pleaded for their daughter's safe return in emotional television appearances Wednesday.

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Police spokesman Lt. Bill Parker said video footage showed Spierer coming home early Friday morning and then leaving again, allegedly for a male pal's place down the street.

She was alone, and the male friend was the last person to see her, Parker said.

"The acquaintance watched her walk away, because she said she wanted to go home and he watched her to make sure she was making it all right," Parker said.

Cops were using polygraph tests during interviews with the man, as well as several other unidentified "associates and acquaintances."

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« Reply #89 on: June 08, 2011, 08:32:21 PM »

Sorry hit post. Assuming LE doesn't consider this man a POI, So this male friend watched her walk down the street but didn't go with her? Who would be out at that time of night and see a girl walking by herself? Creepy, like he was just waiting until the time was right.
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« Reply #90 on: June 08, 2011, 10:12:48 PM »

Sorry hit post. Assuming LE doesn't consider this man a POI, So this male friend watched her walk down the street but didn't go with her? Who would be out at that time of night and see a girl walking by herself? Creepy, like he was just waiting until the time was right.

Hmmm.  Something doesn't sound right about this statement:

"The acquaintance watched her walk away, because she said she wanted to go home and he watched her to make sure she was making it all right," Parker said.

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« Reply #91 on: June 08, 2011, 10:25:59 PM »

Sorry hit post. Assuming LE doesn't consider this man a POI, So this male friend watched her walk down the street but didn't go with her? Who would be out at that time of night and see a girl walking by herself? Creepy, like he was just waiting until the time was right.

Hmmm.  Something doesn't sound right about this statement:

"The acquaintance watched her walk away, because she said she wanted to go home and he watched her to make sure she was making it all right," Parker said.



Frankly, I just couldn't imagine either of my sons (one in grad school, the other in  second year college) not escorting a female home.  Even if she tried to decline and say it was alright, I know they would insist on getting her home and in the door.  It wouldn't be enough to "watch her to make sure she was making it alright"  That part "watched her to make sure she was making it alright" sounds like she may have been impaired.  Does that mean he was checking to see if she was staggering or falling down?  I mean, geesh.  How far could he see her walk from where he was?  Maybe he had nothing to do with her disappearance, but to me he missed an opportunity to help a young lady stay safe from the sounds of things.  She may have been grabbed simply because someone saw the opportunity.     JMHO
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« Reply #92 on: June 08, 2011, 10:33:44 PM »

In the article, click to view the uncut news conference of Wednesday, June 8.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/28175360/detail.html

Social Media Key In Search For Lauren Spierer
Twitter, Facebook Buzzing With Latest Leads

POSTED: 6:45 pm EDT June 8, 2011
UPDATED: 7:40 pm EDT June 8, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Hundreds of people have converged on Bloomington to help in the search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, but tens of thousands more are leading the charge online, where social media has proven critical.

The search for Spierer has generated buzz across Facebook and Twitter, where the hashtag #FindLauren has been a top trending topic in recent days, 6News' Stacia Matthews reported.

Uncut: Lauren Spierer News Conference 6-8 | Updated Images: The Search For Lauren Spierer

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« Reply #93 on: June 08, 2011, 10:47:04 PM »

http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=81870

Spierer involved in argument night of disappearance

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POSTED AT 09:12 PM ON Jun. 8, 2011  (UPDATED AT 09:24 PM ON Jun. 8, 2011)

Missing IU student Lauren Spierer was seen in an altercation on Smallwood surveillance video obtained by the police, Lauren’s father Robert Spierer told The Journal News.

“My daughter and these other boys are on the video. There was an altercation between the boy my daughter was with and some boys here at Smallwood,” Robert Spierer said.

Bloomington Police officers have confirmed that Lauren was seen with a male acquaintance the night she disappeared. She left Kilroy’s Sports Bar at 2:30 a.m. Friday morning and briefly returned to the Smallwood Apartment Complex — where the altercation took place — before leaving to go to another friend’s apartment complex at 11th and Morton Streets.
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« Reply #94 on: June 08, 2011, 10:48:40 PM »

WHO WAS THE ALTERCATION WITH?
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« Reply #95 on: June 08, 2011, 10:55:56 PM »

With--The Timeline--Using witness statements and footage from security cameras.

http://www.indystar.com/article/20110608/NEWS/106080317/Men-shown-arguing-with-Lauren-s-friend-on-apartment-security-video-Robert-Spierer-says?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Men shown arguing with Lauren's friend on apartment security video, Robert Spierer says
Family of Lauren Spierer, who has been missing since Friday: 'We're not going to give up'
9:24 PM, Jun. 8, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Video footage from security cameras at Lauren Spierer’s apartment building show her and several men in an argument the morning she disappeared.

“My daughter and these other boys are on the video,” Spierer’s father, Robert, said Wednesday.

“There was an altercation between the boy my daughter was with and some boys here at Smallwood,” he said, referring to his daughter’s apartment building, Smallwood Plaza, in Bloomington.

Spierer vanished early Friday after a long night of partying with friends. The 20-year-old fashion student at Indiana University grew up in Westchester County, N.Y.

Bloomington police said Spierer and a male companion were seen leaving a nearby bar about 2:30 a.m. and entering her building, just a few hundred yards away.

Smallwood’s security cameras caught the pair leaving the building about 10 minutes later, but police have not described  what else the video shows.

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« Reply #96 on: June 08, 2011, 11:23:15 PM »

If the apartment she left at 4:30 am with the unnamed male watching her walk away then maybe he is telling the truth and the boys she had and altercation with happen to see her on the street and nabbed her or they were waiting to pounce on her when she came back that way.  I hope LE can identify them and talk to them. 
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« Reply #97 on: June 08, 2011, 11:26:39 PM »

So proud of them!


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 http://www.lohud.com/article/20110608/NEWS02/106080379/Edgemont-classmates-join-search-IU-student?odyssey=nav|head
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Lauren Spierer search expanded;  chances of foul play 'very great,' police say
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Three of Lauren Spierer's closest high school friends drove 12 hours from Greenburgh and began their search for the missing Indiana University sophomore minutes after they pulled into the city last night.

Operating on just a couple of hours sleep each night since their friend went missing Friday, they felt the only way they could be useful was if they came here to help find her.

"We didn't feel right sitting around at home," said John An, 20, who shared driving duties with fellow Edgemont High School graduates Jonathan Reback, 20, and Frank Merante, 21. "We have hope, mixed with urgency."

At this point, they refuse to entertain anything other than positive thoughts, even as they search the fields and wooded areas that could turn up a grim discovery.

"We wouldn't be here if we didn't think we could make a difference," said Merante. "We're three more sets of eyes, and we have a different viewpoint."

After driving around remote areas of the city Tuesday night, then sleeping in a friend's apartment, they awoke at 7 a.m. and resumed their search hours before the larger, organized efforts began. They they joined hundred this afternoon who met at Spierer's apartment building, before heading out again in the sweltering heat.

"We all stink, we all feel like (expletive)," Reback said. "But none of us care."

They all befriended Spierer in high school.
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They said they plan to stay in Bloomington until she's found.

"We're here because we will find her," Merante said.

"The only scenario we're thinking about is finding her," said An, who attends IU.

"We will cover every single inch of earth," said Reback, who went to the senior prom with Spierer. "No rock will be left unturned before we leave."

Merante made a fresh appeal for others to join the search.

"I want every local person who can put out the time to come out and help us," he said.

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« Reply #98 on: June 08, 2011, 11:27:55 PM »

WHO WAS THE ALTERCATION WITH?

According to Lauren's father "some boys here at Smallwood."  Lauren and the boys are on the video.

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« Reply #99 on: June 09, 2011, 01:33:13 AM »

If the apartment she left at 4:30 am with the unnamed male watching her walk away then maybe he is telling the truth and the boys she had and altercation with happen to see her on the street and nabbed her or they were waiting to pounce on her when she came back that way.  I hope LE can identify them and talk to them. 

I wonder what the altercation was about? Why didn't the apartment manager want the tape viewed by police? Something is strange about that place and all of that. My money is on the boys who fought with them, they waited until the pair returned, only he didn't go with her?
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