Missing-person poster of Lauren Spierer
07/01/2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
The parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer have a desperate message for the parents of friends of the 20-year-old sophomore, who disappeared without a trace four weeks ago.
"We are appealing to the parents of the children who may have first hand or second hand knowledge of what happened to Lauren," Rob Spierer, Lauren's father, said at a Friday press conference within Blooomington, Indiana, police headquarters.
"Please take the time to sit down with your children over this weekend, sit down and talk to them and find out if they know anything.
With tears flowing, Spierer continued, "Help your children find the courage to come forward. Help them find their moral compass to do the right thing."
Among those Spierer is referring to are Jason Rosenbaum, 20, the last person to admit seeing Lauren in the early morning hours of June 3 after a night of partying. She was seen leaving a bar, and since then, police are still no closer to finding the fashion merchandising major from Edgemont, New York, despite a massive search with over 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,500 tips.
Rosenbaum is among several persons of interest to police, a list that also includes Spierer's boyfrend, Jesse Wolff. An attorney for Rosenbaum said in a press release that his client has passed a polygraph test.
Bloomington police Captain Joe Qualters has said that only one of Spierer's friends has voluntarily come forward to police to share information.
Of Spierer's friends' lack of cooperation with law enforcement, he said: ""Perplexing? Perhaps. Curious. Disturbing. All in all, I think I'd probably characterize it as unfortunate."
Spierer's parents thanked the Bloomington community for its support, and plan on staying in town as an active part of the investigation until their daughter is found.
"Hi Lauren, it's mom," said Charlene Spierer. "We're not going anywhere. We just want you to come home."