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    IN - Lauren Spierer, 20, Bloomington, 03 June 2011 #31


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    Bloomington Police search for missing 20 year old woman

    She is a white female, 4 feet 11 inches tall, slender build, has blue eyes and long blonde hair. She is listed as a student according to IU Bloomington's website.

    Spierer was last seen walking south on College Avenue from 11th Street on her way back to her apartment in Smallwood Plaza, located on College Avenue.

    She did not arrive to her apartment and video footage does not show her entering the apartment complex.
    Spierer was wearing a white tank top with a loose, light colored button shirt over it and full length black stretch pants. She was not wearing shoes.

    Re: the photo released Wednesday, 06-15-2011, of Lauren leaving Smallwood Apartments the evening of June 2, 2011. ttp://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=81929



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    Yes, you can submit an anonymous tip! Here's how:

    [Reposting this... ]

    Here are a few ways to submit an anonymous tip:

    1) Send an anonymous email: This can be done by following a few simple instructions: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/-anonymo...ews-17511.html

    2) If things like Proxy servers sound too techy: Walk into a library and send an anonymous email: http://anonymouse.org/anonemail.html
    (Most public libraries don't monitor users or track internet use as a matter of principle, but you can check their privacy policies where you live to be sure).

    3) Old School: Make an anonymous call to the tipline from a payphone

    4) By mail: Use the anonymous PO box set up by the Spierers. If you want to be extra cautious,this post gives some suggestions and links to an earlier conversation on submitting anonymous tips: Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - IN - Lauren Spierer, 20, Bloomington, 03 June 2011 - #19


    5) Call Crime Stoppers or submit an anonymous tip online: https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.as...D=655&DSID=655

    Here's the anonymous tip website that Kadence posted:
    http://wetip.com/

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    6) Consider the consequences of not being anonymous too. Stepping up and telling the truth carries a lot of weight. It's been said a million times because it's true: It's never too late to do the right thing!

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    Find Lauren PO Box 1226 Bloomington, IN 47402
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jupiter812 View Post
    Akh, I have to admit: I find it curious about how quickly and ardently you refute posts about anonymous tips. Any particular reason?
    I just think most people think like me and don't believe them to be truly anonymous and would be afraid to use those resources.

    So when people question why someone doesn't at least step up to the plate and tell what they know anonymously I feel that is being naive.

    These people would fear that. Especially a younger, computer savvy generation, that has learned all about cameras being everywhere not only from this case but from cases in the news.

    And then there's the heightened expectations about what forensics can do.

    In court prosecutors now fear juries when they can't present CSI TV type forensics that juries have come to expect.

    So IMHO anyone wishing stay under the radar, either because they are involved or because they might know (or think they know) what happened but don't want to be seen as being disloyal (or whatever their reasoning might be to not want it known they pointed LE at someone), would fear that 'anonymous' tips can never truly be anonymous.

    So to be surprised nobody has used that resource doesn't surprise me and IMO shouldn't surprise others either. Yet it seems that it does.

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    @akh I can't bring your quote over, but truly, if cameras were everywhere where people could make an anonymous tip then we would know where Lauren is. I do believe, imho, it is possible, even in this very technological age, to make an anonymous tip. Cameras, as evidenced in this case, are everywhere, but many times, not where they are needed. I hope someone takes advantage of the tip resources available.

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    Anonymity is not Impossible

    We wouldn't have missing people if it is impossible to stay anonymous. I live in Houston, a huge city dominated by cameras for toll violators, red light runners, strip center and gas station surveillance. I guarantee you that I could, on my way home, be spotted by several cameras along my regular route home, and then fall off the radar on the back roads for at least 50 miles and drop an anonymous tip in a rural mail box or stop at a rural library and send a tip without being recorded. Then return to my house, via the back roads, and no one would ever know that I did not go straight home, but that I was in BFE sending an anonymous tip.

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    If a person really wanted to, they certainly could submit an anonymous tip. So if anyone out there (ahem, CR.. JR.. MB.. anyone...) is using that as an excuse not to submit a tip, they are simply making excuses.
    Just my opinion!

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    I posted some ideas early on, and others did, too. It would take a bit of creativity, and a heaping spoonful each of energy and effort, but I've no doubt it can be done.

    If LE hasn't figured out what happened to Lauren in over two years, I don't see them doing an all out, high tech search to find a tipster. JMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadence View Post
    @akh I can't bring your quote over, but truly, if cameras were everywhere where people could make an anonymous tip then we would know where Lauren is. I do believe, imho, it is possible, even in this very technological age, to make an anonymous tip. Cameras, as evidenced in this case, are everywhere, but many times, not where they are needed. I hope someone takes advantage of the tip resources available.
    Let me backup a bit because maybe I wasn't clear enough. Yes, a tip could be anonymous in a given scenario. But my point is there is so much surveillance and tracking available these days, let alone real and imagined scenarios for forensics, that how could someone be certain their tip was really anonymous (and they are really in that 'given' scenario)?

    Do people really know where all the cameras are and what views the cameras are catching? Even if building A doesn't have surveillance who is to say building B wouldn't have a camera that would catch someone leaving building A at the appropriate time and that is when/where a tip was traced back to? At this point I think most people assume they are probably on a camera more times than not in public.

    Whether LE would utilize resources to track down a tipster is entirely another question. Honestly, if they got an accurate tip and it panned out, I think they then would spend resources trying to track down that anonymous tipster. More importantly I think any potential tipster would think that too. Therein lies the rub... Anyone wanting to avoid getting into trouble, even if they want to clear their mind, would worry that they'd simply be setting themselves up to be caught. I don't know how you get around that problem.

    Even if a tip can arguably be made anonymously how can you convince a paranoid tipster that their fear is unfounded? That's really the hurdle I see. I think they already have that fear so nothing I'm saying is anything new to them even if they would read this.

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    Anonymous tip lines are anonymous...

    Many tip lines guarantee anonymity.

    *The Find Lauren tip line says that "All tips are anonymous".

    * Organizations like Crime stoppers depend on anonymity. They do not take names or trace phone calls or web submissions. You can read the conditions on their website. If they didn't guarantee anonymity, they wouldn't still be around.

    The link in my previous post no longer works. The crime stoppers link (#5) is: http://www.crimetips.org/


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    i agree with akh. it's not that those tip lines aren't "anonymous" it's simply that people are aware enough that "anonymous" doesn't always mean anonymous so some would be reluctant to submit a tip only to find out the "anonymous" tip line really isn't so anonymous.

    even if you think that's a silly notion, why would you risk it if you are either involved in a crime or know more than you should? you're taking a huge risk either that le figures out who you are or that the other people involved in the crime figure out you phoned in a tip. i just don't see why anyone involved in a crime would take the just chance. my 2 cents.

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    Wow some people are so damn gloom and doom. Is our society really that untrustworthy now? I really have to question why anyone for any reason would try to persuade people AGAINST sending in a tip regarding a young girl who has been missing for TWO years.

    Anonymous means Anonymous, there are honest people left on this planet, quite a few actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbeyR View Post
    Many tip lines guarantee anonymity.

    *The Find Lauren tip line says that "All tips are anonymous".

    * Organizations like Crime stoppers depend on anonymity. They do not take names or trace phone calls or web submissions. You can read the conditions on their website. If they didn't guarantee anonymity, they wouldn't still be around.

    The link in my previous post no longer works. The crime stoppers link (#5) is: http://www.crimetips.org/
    And if it was a lie, and they weren't anonymous I don't think they can prosecute you. Maybe a lawyer would like to verify this- but that is my understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deca View Post
    And if it was a lie, and they weren't anonymous I don't think they can prosecute you. Maybe a lawyer would like to verify this- but that is my understanding.
    I'm not 100% positive about this either but I think you may be right. Regardless, just think about it... if someone sent in a tip with the presumption of anonymity and LE or anybody else disregarded that presumption... well that would pretty much be the end of anonymous tip lines. It would be the same thing if a reward was offered and not payed out after prosecution... that would be the end of crimestoppers and other such organizations.
    Anonymous tips are a hallmark of Law Enforcement, they are needed to find leads and hence solve crimes. An anonymous tip is an anonymous tip. Whoever has information that could bring light to this case, you have an opportunity to ease the pain and suffering for a number of people. Its time to do it, end this craziness.

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