Lauren Spierer Missing in Indiana: Student Last Seen Arguing Outside Apartment
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 9:57 am
|Lauren was seen on surveillance cameras arguing with three men not long before she disappeared|
And that's when the details of the morning turn sketchy. At some point after that, Rossman was punched in the face. He doesn't remember who did it or how it happened. All he recalls is waking up in his own bed the next morning.
Meanwhile, Lauren was seen by at least three others as late as 4:30 a.m. walking barefoot around the campus. Police say she was also caught on a security camera having an argument with three men that morning.
Then she simply vanished.
A week later, there's still no sign of the missing student. She left her cell phone and her shoes at the bar. Her purse and keys were found along the route to her friend's apartment. But the argument with the unknown men lead police to believe this isn't simply a case of a hammered girl wandering away into self-induced danger.
Lauren, who's just 4-foot-11 and weighs less than 100 pounds, wouldn't be capable of putting up much of a fight -- especially while drunk. But the more dangerous part is that she suffers from a heart condition that can cause deadly arrhythmias when she doesn't have her medication.
So far, a massive search of Bloomington has proven fruitless.
|Lauren was last seen about 4:30 a.m. just a few blocks from her own apartment|
We now have a better timeline of what happened to Lauren the morning before she disappeared. She and Corey were walking home from the bar when he got into an argument outside an apartment building. Security cameras apparently show him getting punched in the face.
They stopped at Lauren's apartment for a few minutes, then she escorted Corey over to his apartment. That's where Corey apparently passed out.
He's lawyered up -- never a good sign -- saying he doesn't remember anything after getting jacked in the face. But since Lauren left her shoes and cell phone at the bar, we can guess that both were pretty hammered.
Police believe Lauren spent about an hour at Corey's apartment, then headed to the apartment of another friend. Police have searched Corey's car and cell phone, but they're not saying what -- if anything -- they found.
Lauren left for her own apartment at about 4:30 a.m. She was last seen just three blocks from her place.
|Lauren and Corey were confronted that morning by Jesse Wolff's friends, who thought the drunken pair were getting a bit too amorous|
The pair were on their way home from the bar when they were confronted by Wolff's friends on the fifth floor of Lauren's apartment building. Wolff was supposed to meet her that night after he watched the NBA playoffs. But when Lauren went to the bar -- and then left her cell phone there -- they were unable to connect.
Rossman was punched in the face during that confrontation, but the nature of the fight has yet to be disclosed. One report indicates Wolff's friends were pissed that Lauren and Corey seemed a bit too cozy in their behavior.
Lauren and Corey had only known each other a few weeks after meeting at the Indianapolis 500. After the fight, Lauren brought Corey to his apartment, where his roommate Mike Beth put him to bed. Lauren then left to visit another mutual friend, Jay Rosenbaum, who lived only two doors away.
What's weird about this case is that all the boys involved are lawyering up. Corey, Wolff, and Rosenbaum all have attorneys, though police seem to indicate they're still cooperating.
|If Lauren was doing coke the night she disappeared, it would have been incredibly dangerous to her heart condition|
It's only a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. But Bloomington police aren't ruling it out.
The speculation goes that Lauren was drinking and doing cocaine the night she disappeared. That would have been very dangerous given her heart condition, which becomes particularly problematic during adrenaline surges.
Under this rumor, Lauren died via a mixture of coke and alcohol, and her college boy friends panicked instead of calling an ambulance, then disposed of her body. That may explain why they're all lawyering up.
We're not sure what to believe, but the cops are taking the notion seriously. Captain Joe Qualters says police haven't ruled out that possibility.
Lauren was known to drink. She was busted last September for public intoxication, which wouldn't be all that unusual for a college student. But according to doctors, adding coke to that mix would be especially dangerous for a women who weighed less than 100 pounds and took medicine to keep her heart stable.
UPDATE: Jay Rosenbaum is supposedly refusing to help the cops.
He's the last person to see Lauren alive. But the New York Post is reporting that someone close to the investigation is saying that he's refusing to help detectives.
Spierer's mom has publicly criticized her friends, saying that only one has gone to police to provide information. Police have listed Rosenbaum as a "person of interest" -- along with her boyfriend Jesse Wolff -- but that designation can usually mean anything.
What's more curious is that, if he's only a witness, Rosenbaum has nonetheless hired James Voyles, considered one of the most expensive defense lawyers in Indianapolis. It could be that he's just a rich kid, and rich kids lawyer up at the drop of a hat. But it could also mean something more nefarious.
Lauren and Rosenbaum come from the same suburban New York City area. Their grandparents lived next to each other for decades.
But Voyles claims he's been fully cooperative with police, having already passed a polygraph test and provided DNA samples.
We're not sure if any of this is true -- it's a lawyer talking, after all. But police won't comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, the search for Lauren has increasingly widened beyond the Bloomington campus, but there are still no signs of her.
See our last story from the Missing Persons file: Sarah Townsend, 18, Missing in New Jersey; Car Found Abandoned in Park.