By Marisela Burgos
3:06 PM EDT, June 17, 2011
Friday morning, police were called to Smallwood Plaza, the apartment building of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer. Officers came out to the Smallwood Plaza Apartments and removed a bag of clothes and a shoe box, according to an apartment spokesperson. The bag and shoe box were found behind a dumpster on the 6th floor of the apartment building.
It's unclear if the items have anything to do with the case. They were first found by a courtesy officer while he made rounds that morning. Reps for Smallwood Plaza said the items could not have been there the day before. Though people are currently moving into the building, reps added the items were suspicious because they were tucked away.
"Given the circumstances we're dealing with right now, we thought it was absolutely prudent thing for us to do, to call police the be safe and sure," said a spokesperson for Smallwood.
Captain Joe Qualters with the Bloomington Police Department said more than 1,000 tips have come in, with nearly 500 alone in regards to the surveillance photos of a white truck seen circling the block around the time Lauren disappeared.
He also said police have stopped people driving white trucks that matched the description of one they captured on surveillance video around the time of Spierer's disappearance.
The search continued Friday. Volunteers continue to pour into Bloomington, 167 people showed up to help search for Lauren Thursday. Police also alerted land owners in the area that people may be knocking on their doors to ask to search their property.
Smallwood Plaza is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for information on the search, however, the McNutt dorm on the IU campus has become the new command center. Searchers are showing up around 7: 30 a.m. each day.
"America's Most Wanted" will be airing another story about Lauren's disappearance on Saturday, June 18th at 9 p.m. You can watch the show on Fox59.
Lauren's father made an emotional plea during Friday's news conference.
"We all know this Sunday is Father's Day. I would ask any of the children out there to let your parents know... please let your parents know how much you love them. Parents let your children know how much you love them," said Robert Spierer.
"The greatest gift Robby could get is to find Lauren," said Charlene Spierer.
Lauren Spierer is described as approximately four feet, 11 inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blonde hair, longer than shoulder length. The 20-year-old had just finished her sophomore year at IU. Anyone with information should call Bloomington police at 812-339-4477.
Spierer's mother Charlene Spierer said Lauren has a life-threatening heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. Her mother has asked if anyone knows where Lauren is, to please take her to a hospital.