BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - The official Twitter account for the search to find missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is seeking birthday greetings, as Spierer's parents released a letter on Thursday.
Thursday marks Spierer's 22nd birthday.
Tomorrow is Lauren's birthday. Let's celebrate around the world. Tweet us your card, letter... any birthday message for Lauren & her family!— MISSINGLaurenSpierer (@NewsOnLaurenS) January 16, 2013
Several people had sent well wishes by Thursday morning.
@ newsonlaurens happy birthday. Will say a prayer to bring you home to your family— Izabela (@IzkaG) January 17, 2013
@ newsonlaurens Prayers, hugs, peace, strength, and positive energy to this strong, warm family on Lauren's birthday.— Suzy VanNasdale (@sisvannasdale) January 17, 2013
Spierer's parents released the following statement:
22 years ago today, we were given the gift of another precious daughter. Lauren completed our family. Anyone who knows Lauren knows that she could light up a room without trying. Her love for life was infectious. Her ease with people and dedication to her friends was always apparent. Lauren's quick wit, intelligence and true caring made her someone people gravitated towards. Today we celebrate the joy we share and mourn what might have been. There will never be another Lauren.
Today is Lauren's birthday. There will be no gifts mailed to Bloomington, no cake, no candles, no excited anticipation as the celebration of one so loved approaches. We are left only with the gifts the person responsible for Lauren's disappearance has given our family, despair, heartache and loss.
We have no doubt that when Lauren is found, the next chapter of this horrible nightmare will begin anew. On June 3, 2011, a set of parents was born; unwavering ...in our desire to find our daughter and see that justice is served for a life ended too early. We remain… just as determined as day one.
Thankful for the time we had, proud of the person you became, forever in our hearts, we love you, Lauren.
Spierer disappeared in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011 after spending a night out with friends.
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