Authorities in Indiana are searching for a missing college student who disappeared early Friday after a night out with friends. 

Police say 20-year-old Lauren Spierer, a student at Indiana University, was last seen about three blocks from her apartment in Bloomington at around 4:15 a.m. Friday, Fox 59 reports. 

Witnesses reportedly told investigators that the young woman was walking barefoot to her apartment. Video footage does not show her entering the building, according to the Indiana Daily Student. 

Spierer, a 2009 graduate of Edgemont High School in Scarsdale, N.Y., had just completed her sophomore year at Indiana University. She is reportedly studying fashion merchandising and is a University Division scholar. 

"She's an amazing girl," Monique Douglas, a friend and coworker of Spierer's mother, said in an interview with

Douglas described Spierer as a driven young woman with "great charisma."

Spierer's parents flew from their home in Westchester County, N.Y., to Bloomington on Saturday to assist in the search for their daughter. 

"It's every parent's worst nightmare," her father, Robbie Spierer, told the Journal News. "And it's worse than what you can imagine." 

Spierer's mother also told the newspaper that her daughter has a life-threatening heart condition called Long QT Syndrome and needs medical attention.

"She has a heart condition but she never lets that stop her," Douglas said. 

Spierer is described as 4 feet, 11 inches tall with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last wearing a white tank top with a light-colored shirt over it and black pants.  

Anyone with information on her whereabouts it being urged to call the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.'s Cristina Corbin contributed to this report 

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