Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on June 3 leaving a sports bar in Bloomington, Ind., where she was a student at Indiana University. Classes have started again at IU, and Charlene recalls in the letter the excitement her family felt last year as Lauren began her freshman year.
But, she writes, "this year is considerably different. We packed and shipped all of Lauren's things home. 19 boxes. ... I won't go into the details of what it was like to pack Lauren's things. I will just tell you it was excruciating."
The investigation into the disappearance of the petite fashion major has taken many turns, yielding thousands of tips and at least 10 persons of interest.
In the weeks immediately after she went missing, some of Lauren's friends came under scrutiny for not coming forward voluntarily to provide information to the police.
There was speculation that Spierer may have overdosed on cocaine, and those with her panicked and disposed of her body. One month after she went missing, a body turned up in an Indiana creek, but it was later determined that it was not her.
"Much has happened over the past three months. I won't bore you with the details, if you've even gotten this far in reading this letter. I will say we have had the support and guidance of a multitude of people which has helped keep us going," Charlene writes in the letter published on a website dedicated to providing news on Lauren.
Charlene and her husband, Robert, are offering a reward of $100,000 for information that leads to their daughter.
Search efforts are ongoing in Bloomington, and a Facebook page, Twitter feed, website and blog continue to offer updates on the investigation, as well as pleading with the public to help find Spierer.
"If you think for a minute, her father and I are going to disappear, think again. We are just as determined today as we were day one," Charlene Spierer writes. "Do you think this is a game? This is no game. We are in this for the long haul ... we will NEVER give up."