EDGEMONT, N.Y. – Edgemont is working to promote college safety and raise awareness about missing Edgemont High School graduate Lauren Spierer – just days away from the one-year anniversary of her disappearance.
On Wednesday, Greenburgh police Detective Nicholas Parikka will speak to current students and their parents about safety on college campuses while giving a short demonstration on basic self-defense.
The presentation comes four days before the one-year mark of Spierer’s disappearance in Bloomington, Ind., where she was a student at the University of Indiana.
“How could a year have passed so quickly?” a recent post on the Official Lauren Spierer Updates from Her Family Facebook page says. “Lauren, you are in our hearts every minute of every day. We remain committed to finding the answers, which will bring you home. We will never stop looking for you.”
It was signed “Mom, Dad and Rebecca.”
Requested entrance fee donations will go to the Find Lauren Foundation. In addition, light blue ribbons and Find Lauren bracelets will be distributed at the door. The Candle Light Inn has also agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds made by anyone who orders in from the restaurant and mentions the Lauren Spierer Campus Safety Event or Find Lauren Fund.
Meanwhile, in Indiana, police searching for Spierer are reaching out to Lafayette, La., authorities to compare notes on the May 19 disappearance of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, according to published reports.
The two cases are similar, as both women are white, blonde, petite college students who were last seen in the early morning hours after spending a night out with friends in popular college hangouts.
"We have fielded some calls from other areas of the nation, and detectives are exchanging information," Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesperson for the Lafayette Police Department, told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser newspaper. "We're not ruling anything out."
Shunick’s family reported her missing when she didn't show up to her brother's graduation ceremony, according to published reports. Her bicycle was found this week near the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin, about 25 miles away from where she was last seen.
In both Spierer’s and Shunick’s disappearances, a white pickup truck was seen in the area where the girls disappeared. Indiana police have contacted the driver in Spierer’s case and determined he was not involved. Louisiana authorities are still searching for the driver there.
Despite the similarities between Shunick’s and Spierer’s disappearances, Mouton told reporters that Louisiana authorities don't believe the two cases are connected.
"We currently do not think the two are related, but we are looking at the information they provided us to see if there are any similarities," Fox News quoted him as saying.