Indiana University (IU) student Lauren Spierer vanished after a night out with friends. She has never been found.
About Lauren Spierer
Lauren Spierer was born on January 17, 1991, to Robert and Charlene Spierer. In May 2011, she had just finished her sophomore year at IU, where she majored in apparel merchandising and had just completed an internship with the clothing retailer Anthropologie. Lauren was to graduate in May 2012, but unfortunately, she never got the chance.
About the Case
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Lauren Spierer, 20, went out with some friends to Kilroy Sports Bar in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauren was last seen by a male friend walking to her downtown Smallwood Plaza apartment at approximately 4:15 a.m on June 3rd.
Lauren and a friend named Corey Rossman left Kilroy’s at approximately 2:30 a.m. According to Corey, they walked to Lauren’s apartment building, where they stayed for a bit before walking north to another friend’s apartment.
Video surveillance in the apartment building shows Lauren and Corey entering the building and then leaving about 15 minutes later. In the video, it is obvious that Lauren is highly intoxicated because she stumbles out of the elevator, falls against a wall, and then Corey helps her to her feet.
In an alley up the street, another video surveillance camera captured footage of her and an acquaintance walking toward another apartment building a few minutes later.
That was the last video evidence of her that morning.
According to lawyers for Corey and his roommate Mike Beth, Lauren stopped in their apartment then left after Mike put Corey to bed. Corey claimed he was in a fight before arriving at his apartment in which he was punched in the face by a friend of Lauren’s boyfriend, Jesse Wolf. Corey has said that he can’t remember anything that happened after the altercation.
Jay Rosenbaum, another friend, said Lauren then visited his place nearby. He told friends he tried to get her to stay the night but let her leave after proving she could walk without stumbling. He told police he saw her rounding a corner toward home about 4:15 a.m. That was the last reported sighting of her. Lauren then vanished into thin air.
Despite a massive search involving law enforcement officials and volunteers, Lauren has never been found.
Shortly after Lauren’s disappearance, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest took to social media to spread awareness about the case. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay sent out a tweet on Twitter offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to this case’s solving.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, then do the right thing and call 812-339-4477.
You can also visit the site set up to find Lauren by clicking here.
AUGUST 2015: Appeals court dismissed the lawsuit.
FEBRUARY 2014: Men sued by missing coed’s parents want data public
NOVEMBER 2013: Robert and Charlene filed a lawsuit against the three men last seen with Lauren the night she went missing.
The lawsuit claimed the men gave Lauren alcohol and then failed to make sure she made it back to her apartment safely after a night of partying.
“Appeals court affirms decision to toss out Lauren Spierer lawsuit.” CBS News, August 14, 2015. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/appeals-court-affirms-decision-to-toss-out-lauren-spierer-lawsuit/
“Search Expanded for 20-year-old IU Coed”. The South Bend Tribune, June 9, 2011.
Tonsing, Abby. “Spierers Want More Than ‘Life Without Hope.’ The Vincennes Sun-Commercial, June 4, 2013.
True Crime Diva’s Thoughts
Personally, I feel those boys know way more than they are telling. They need to find the courage and do the right thing by coming clean about the events that night.
I think they took advantage of a drunk girl, and things got out of hand. Maybe it was an accident, maybe not. Regardless, they were the last to see her alive.
I do not think she died from a drug overdose. Police said they found a small amount of cocaine in her room after she disappeared, but it could have been planted there. I think police going in this direction is just an easy way out to find the truth. I think someone spiked her drinks, which is why she appears so out of it in some of the videos.
I also think Rosenbaum is lying to protect Rossman. There is no way a decent (being the keyword here) human being would have let Lauren walk home unassisted as intoxicated as she was. There is no way she had sobered up at this point.
Then, there is Rossman’s lame loss of memory after getting punched. I don’t believe that at all. Rossman has denied interview requests and often threatens reports with legal action against them. If that doesn’t reek of guilt, I don’t know what does.
The only theory I believe is that Rossman had a hand in Lauren’s likely death. When you don’t cooperate, it makes you look guilty, and chances are, you are guilty.
I do not believe Daniel Measel had anything to do with Lauren’s murder.
Post updated February 25, 2018