IU changes way 'Find Lauren' info is displayed on homepage; family disappointed

Fox59 reached out to the university who said the page has been kept on the homepage for approximately seven months.

Bloomington, Ind.

Indiana University-Bloomington has made changes to the 'Find Lauren' section on their website's homepage, causing the missing student's family and many supporters to get upset Saturday.

The university said the decision to remove the section is not permanent and that it will be displayed on the first week of each month.  IU stated the link will also be in a rotation with other news and information. 

Twitter’s ‘News on Lauren’ page alerted supporters Saturday afternoon that the university has decided to remove information about missing IU student Lauren Spierer from the homepage. 

Several supporters posted on the Twitter page, which provides updates and information about the missing student.

“I don't know why IU has removed the info on #FindLauren from their page. The more the word gets out the better,” posted one supporter.

“Does the removal of #FindLauren info from @IUBloomington's homepage mean they've given up hope? We haven't. We never will,” wrote another supporter.

Lauren’s father, Robert Spierer, released the following statement Saturday:

“Lauren's once prominent banner on the Indiana University website homepage was months ago,reduced to a button and now Indiana University plans to only post the link to Lauren's information on the home page the first week of every month. It will appear only randomly, thereafter. While there is no direct link on the homepage, Lauren's information will remain on the Protect IU page indefinitely. We are disappointed by this decision, as we hope to obtain information from the IU community which will lead us to Lauren. We are still determined to do everything in our power to find our daughter. Robert Spierer”

Fox59 reached out to the university who said the page has been kept on the homepage for approximately eight months.  IU said they made a decision to “rotate the ‘Find Lauren’ button with other important information” on the website.  The university said the change does not “diminish the university's commitment to finding Lauren.”

The full statement from IU follows:

"Indiana University Bloomington has not permanently removed the "button" on its home page that directs viewers to resources and information regarding the disappearance of IU student Lauren Spierer. However, after eight months of displaying such information on the campus home page www.iub.edu, the decision was made to rotate the "find Lauren" button with other important information on the web site.

"For now, the "find Lauren" button will be displayed constantly on the site the first week of each month. It also will be in a steady rotation of other news and information items displayed on site. In addition, IU Communications, which administers the site, has designed two new buttons in the hope that a fresh look will continue to draw attention to this important item.

"As it has from the beginning, the entire IU community supports the Spierer family as it seeks a resolution to this tragic situation and will continue to help in any way it can. These changes to the IU Bloomington web site in no way diminish the university's commitment to finding Lauren but rather are an attempt to balance the desire to support the Spierer family with the needs to provide important news and information to all its students via the campus web site."

Lauren was last seen in the early morning hours of June 3, walking in Bloomington after a night out partying with her friends.

Lauren’s family has worked tirelessly to find their daughter and to uncover new information surrounding their daughter’s disappearance. Bloomington police have named several persons of interests in the case, but there are no named suspects.

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