In the early hours of June 3, 2011, 20-year-old Lauren Spierer vanished after a night out with friends at Indiana University. After months of searching and thousands of tips, here we are today, still missing our dear Lauren. While dozens of Lauren’s friends and other IU students have spoken with investigators, four of the Persons of Interest (POIs) who were last known to be with Lauren remain silent, and refuse to take police-administered polygraph tests.
When a person is reported missing, time is of the essence and every detail is crucial. Even the smallest tip can turn into something big. While it is of one’s legal right to hire and be advised by an attorney, in missing persons cases, one should not have the right to deny a police-administered polygraph test. In order to be fully cleared and dismissed from a missing persons case, all Persons of Interest (POIs) should be required to take a police-administered polygraph test. It is these unique missing persons cases that are time intensive and typically require additional resources within law enforcement departments. Requiring that all Persons of Interest (POIs) take a police administered polygraph test will help important details emerge sooner in the investigation, therefore reducing the number of investigators and cutting down on time exerted in solving cases. If the persons of interest are eliminated, investigators are able to better focus their efforts and consider other options more aggressively.
For the families and friends a missing person, every day that goes by without answers is another day of pain, heartbreak and sadness.
Your signature represents hope, and by signing this petition, you are telling legislators that it’s time to listen to the pleas of the families of those who have vanished and to put more consideration on the nightmare they face every day as they wait anxiously for answers.