It's always a little overwelming when crimes 'hit close to home'. The recent disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer (story here) really tugs at my heart. Several of my close friends went to IU during the time I was attending Purdue University. I actually spend several weekends on that exact campus with said friends. These situations are always tragic, but something about kids (even college aged 'kids') just really gets me. I guess it's when you think 'that could have been...'.
I was talking to my Mom about the Spierer story on the phone the other day and it got me thinking about the Purdue student who went missing for 2 months while I was at Purdue. The Wade Steffey story was also heart wrenching for me. He was a freshman during the Spring semester of my junior year at Purdue who went missing in January and was found, dead, in late March within the electric room of a dorm on campus where he had been apparently been electrocuted.
The whole campus spent weeks looking for Steffey - combing the campus to no avail. I remember helping spread the word via facebook, noting fliers on every building on campus, and my classmates and I all talking about what could possibly have happened to him. I didn't know him personally, but I was the familiar with the dorm he lived in (where some of my friends had previously lived) and the fraternity he'd been at the night he 'went missing'. I can only imagine from the rumors that went around campus about his disappearance all the horrible things that must have gone through his parents, family, and friends minds in those tortuously long 2 months.
Obviously the Spierer story is quite different in that they're confident there was an altercation of sorts and her disappearance was likely at the hands of other people. All the involved 'men' have lawyered up but are said to be cooperating with the authorities still. My heart goes out to her family and friends and I'm praying they find her soon. I can't imagine what that must be like. Having a college aged sister myself, I can't even go there. Please remember Lauren's family in your prayers and all those trying to locate their missing loved ones.