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Saturday
Jun112011

Lauren Spierer Disappearance: DNA Collected From Several Men

Comstock/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- Investigators in the case of missing 20-year-old Indiana University student Lauren Spierer have collected DNA samples from several young men who were allegedly among the last to see the young woman.

Two of these men are Spierer's friends, Corey Rossman, the student she was with on June 3, the morning she disappeared from Bloomington, Ind., and Mike Beth, his roommate.

"I was not the last person with her," Rossman said. "This is all I can say, I'm sorry, but I just hope that they find her as soon as possible and I'm praying for her and her family."

After spending the evening with friends at Kilroy's Sports Bar, police say Spierer left at about 2:30 a.m. with Rossman to go back to her apartment complex. Footage from surveillance cameras show Spierer and Rossman arriving at the building where Rossman's attorney says he was punched in the face.

"We don't know who, why or what was said, but that punch caused him a temporary memory loss," said Carl Satzmann, Rossman's attorney.

Rossman says he does not remember Spierer walking him back to his apartment and leaving him with his roommate. His lawyer says the first thing he remembers from that night is waking up the next day.

After leaving Rossman, Spierer went to another friend's apartment and that friend last saw Spierer walking towards her own apartment around 4:30 a.m. Surveillance video shows her walking with an acquaintance in an alley where her keys and coin purse were found by police.

Spierer's longtime boyfriend is also one of 10 persons of interest.

"We continue to speak with him. He's cooperative," Bloomington Police Lt. Bill Parker said at a press conference.

Spierer's boyfriend, also a student at Indiana University, was the first to express concern when she did not return his text messages.

Hundreds of searchers have been combing Bloomington and beyond every day since Spierer's disappearance. Police have received hundreds of leads but no arrests have been made.

The family of the missing student is offering a $100,000 reward for her safe return.

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Friday
Jun102011

Missing Indiana Student's Friend Claims Memory Loss

Courtesy Blair Wallach(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- The search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is hitting an odd roadblock because one of the last people to see her alive claims he is suffering from memory loss.

Spierer, 20, has been missing for a week. She disappeared after partying with friends at a sports bar.

Two hours before Spierer vanished, surveillance cameras captured her coming from Kilroy Sports Bar back to her apartment building with a friend, Corey Rossman.  The cameras captured a scuffle between Rossman and another young man at the Smallwood Plaza apartment building complex.

"He was punched in the face.  We don't know who, why or what was said, but that punch or punches caused him a temporary memory loss," said Carl Satzmann, Rossman's attorney.

Spierer and Rossman left the apartment building and she escorted Rossman back to his apartment.  She was there for about an hour with Rossman and another young man.

Rossman doesn't remember Spierer walking him back to his apartment and the first thing he remembers is waking up the next morning, his attorney said.  Police have searched Rossman's car and cell phone.

After returning Rossman to his apartment, Spierer left for another friend's apartment.  That friend saw her walk towards her own apartment at about 4:30 a.m. last Friday.  The pint-sized student who weighs less than 100 pounds and is 4-foot-11 was last seen three blocks from her apartment.

Spierer's long time boyfriend was one of the first people to become concerned about her after she stopped responding to his text messages.  Police have also questioned him.

The parents of Spierer, Robert and Charlene Spierer, have traveled from New York to aid in the search.  They are offering a $100,000 reward for the safe return of their daughter.

On Thursday, police conducted a water search of Lake Monroe and searched the city's reservoir.  They have no suspects but continue conducting polygraph exams.

The only trace of Spierer that has been found is her keys.  They were found a block away from where she was last seen.  She left her cell phone and shoes at the sports bar that she'd visited earlier in the night.

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Parents of Missing Indiana University Student Plead for Her Return

Courtesy Blair Wallach(NEW YORK) -- The parents of Lauren Spierer, the 20-year-old Indiana University Student missing for five days, are pleading for the safe return of their daughter.

"To the person that has Lauren or that knows where Lauren is, if you have a shred of decency, you have to come forward.  Lauren is a beautiful, wonderful girl," Spierer's mother Charlene said on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday.

Indiana police believe foul play is involved in the disappearance of the pint-sized student who weighs less than 100 pounds and is 4-foot-11.

Spierer was last seen at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning walking to her apartment.  She was last spotted walking barefoot just three blocks from her home.

Surveillance footage from her apartment at Smallwood Plaza shows that she never came home.  Her keys were found a block away from where she was last seen, but there have been no other traces of the missing student.

Since Spierer disappeared, the native New Yorker's family has been in Bloomington, Indiana with hundreds of volunteers combing her college neighborhood.

Bloomington Police served a search warrant at Spierer's apartment complex on Tuesday night.  They seized computers and computer discs that they hope might provide some lead in the student's disappearance.

"We certainly feel like there could be foul play," said Lt. Bill Parker from the Bloomington Police.

Making time even more crucial is Spierer's dangerous heart condition.  She has Long QT Syndrome, an irregular heartbeat.

"What can happen is...your heart doesn't recover quickly enough between beats and you lose oxygen and it can result in your death," said Charlene Spierer.

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Monday
Jun062011

Indiana University Student Lauren Spierer Missing Since Friday

Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- Search parties fanned out Monday looking for an Indiana Univesity student with a dangerous heart condition who has been missing for four days.

Lauren Spierer is a pint-sized student who weighs less than 100 pounds, is 4-foot-11 and had just completed her sophomore year at the school's Bloomington campus.

She was last seen at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning walking to her apartment. The Indiana Daily Student reports that Spierer was at Kilroy's Sports Bar Thursday night and then at a friend's party. She was last seen at the intersection of 11th Street and College Avenue. Surveillance footage from her apartment at Smallwood Plaza shows that she never came home.

Her keys were found a block away from where she was last seen, but there have been no other traces of the missing student.

"Lauren is an amazing person and friend. She's artsy, fun, and different," says Becca Lefkowitz, 19, Lauren's best friend since seventh grade. "I can't imagine anyone doing any harm to her."

According to Lefkowitz, Spierer suffers from a condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is a heart rhythm disorder for which she sometimes needs medication. This disorder can cause uncontrollable and dangerous arrhythmias.

Spierer is an apparel and merchandising major and has interned with Anthropologie in New York. She planned to continue there after completing a summer course in Indiana.

Lefkowitz spoke to Spierer's mother Monday and said the family is "in complete shock" and wanting to wake up from this "nightmare."

Spierer is from Edgemont, N.Y., where her parents Robert and Charlene Spierer still live. They arrived in Bloomington on Saturday and her sister and uncle were on their way there Monday to join the search.

Friends and supporters have taken to social networking to get the word out. A Facebook page created for her has over 4,000 members, with messages like "Keep the momentum going strong!" and "I am praying every second for you all."

A Twitter page created @NewsOnLaurenS has over 2,000 followers and continues to grow.

Spierer was last seen wearing long, back stretch pants, a white shirt, and no shoes. A website in Indiana has been set up to organize volunteers, and the family is asking that any tip be reported to the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477.

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