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Mom of missing Indiana University student says she's "hurt" by anonymous letter

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Lauren Spierer disappeared around 4:20 a.m. on Friday. Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 20-year-old Indiana University student five days ago, but have little information about what happened to her.
Missing person poster of Lauren Spierer
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(CBS/AP) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer says she was hurt by an anonymous letter sent to her complaining that her search posters are littering Bloomington.

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On a blog devoted to her daughter, who's been missing since June, Charlene Spierer said Thursday that she had found the unsigned letter when checking the Bloomington post office box set up to receive tips about what happened to her 20-year-old daughter.

Spierer said the unsigned note addressed to her read, "We are sorry about your missing daughter, but don't you think it's time to do the right thing by Bloomington and stop littering our town with your posters?" 

She says it goes on to say, "You have had a lot of supporters but now you are offending a good many of us."

Spierer responded, "To the anonymous writer of the letter directed at me, if your goal was to hurt me, you were successful." She says, "I wish we had never had to hang one single poster for our missing child. . .I apologize for our intrusion. I hope you never have to hang a poster for your missing child." 

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