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Post by lisette on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:39 am

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 FoxNews.com.

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.
FoxNews.com's Cristina Corbin contributed to this report


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Post by raine1953 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:34 pm

No sign of missing Indiana University student

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Searches resumed Monday for a 20-year-old Indiana University student who police say was last seen walking alone back to her Bloomington apartment following a night of partying with friends.
Relatives, friends and volunteers spent the weekend searching for Lauren Spierer of Edgemont, N.Y., who was last seen about 4:30 a.m. Friday. Police say surveillance video shows that Spierer didn't arrive at her apartment building after leaving her friends a few blocks away.
The Herald-Times reports police officers and a search dog have gone through the area near the IU campus several times.
Spierer's parents arrived in Bloomington over the weekend and helped volunteers search nearby wooded areas, lakes and construction sites. Robert Spierer told The Journal News, which covers the suburbs north of New York City, that he and his wife handed out fliers and put up posters with their daughter's picture.
"It's every parent's worst nightmare," Robert Spierer told the newspaper Sunday evening. "And it's worse than what you can imagine."
Spierer's roommate, Hadar Tamir, told WRTV in Indianapolis that her friends wish there was more information surrounding her disappearance.
"If we knew anything, we would have found her by now," Tamir said. "There's not much information to tell. I wish there was, but there are really no leads. We're clueless and helpless."
The Hillel Jewish Center at Indiana University planned several searches Monday and was seeking volunteers.
The group was using its website — http://iuhillel.org — to provide information on how people can help. A Facebook page titled "MISSING: LAUREN SPIERER" had more than 4,000 members Monday. Many messages left on the page offered prayers to Spierer and her family.


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Post by raine1953 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:41 pm

Fashion Student Lauren Spierer Missing From Indiana University Since Friday


Search parties fanned out today 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 and 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 today 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 are on their way there today 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."

Spierer's mom has used the page to ask people to call in any tips to the Bloomington Police Department, "no matter how insignificant you may think it is."

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

Blair Wallach, 20, has been Spierer's roommate at Indiana University for the past two years and they have been friends since attending camp together at the age of 9.

At home in New Jersey for the summer, Wallach says, "I just hope they find her. She's my best friend and we just need to know that she's okay. We're hoping a miracle happens."

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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Post by lisette on Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:02 pm

Police Question 'Persons of Interest' in Disappearance of Indiana College Student Lauren Spierer
By Cristina Corbin
Published June 07, 2011
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Indiana police are interviewing "persons of interest" in the disappearance of a college student last seen by a friend walking toward her apartment last Friday.
The Bloomington Police Department said Tuesday that anyone seen with Indiana University student Lauren Spierer in the hours before her disappearance is considered a "person of interest," though no suspects have been identified.
Spierer, 20, was reported missing last Friday afternoon. Lt. Bill Parker said Tuesday that she was last seen by a male friend walking home to her apartment in downtown Bloomington at around 4:30 a.m. Friday. He said foul play is suspected.
Parker said Spierer, who was seen walking alone and barefoot, spent the night partying with friends at a local bar before visiting a friend's apartment a few blocks from her own.
Parker said Spierer's shoes and cellphone were later found at the bar. Her purse and some keys were found along the route to her friend's apartment.

"We’ve had a lot of cooperation with the persons of interest," Parker said, adding that police have also searched the apartments of the friends last seen with Spierer.
Parker said video surveillance shows Spierer partying with friends Thursday night at Kilroy's Sports Bar. He said at approximately 2:30 a.m., Spierer and a friend walked to her apartment building, where they stayed for a "little while" before walking north to another friend's apartment. He said Spierer was last seen by a male friend leaving that building to walk home at around 4:30 a.m.
"That young man saw her walk in that direction," Parker told reporters.
Spierer, a 2009 graduate of Edgemont High School in Scarsdale, N.Y., had just completed her sophomore year at the university.
"She's an amazing girl," Monique Douglas, a friend and coworker of Spierer's mother, said in an interview with FoxNews.com.
Douglas described Spierer as a driven young woman with "great charisma" who was studying fashion merchandising.
The woman's parents, Robbie and Charlene Spierer, and her 25-year-old sister flew from their home in Westchester County, N.Y., to Bloomington over the weekend to join the search.
Robbier Spierer issued a public plea Tuesday for the safe return of his daughter.
"We need to know when you saw her, where you saw her," Spierer said at a press conference. "Every little piece of information is important."
The woman's family and police also said Spierer has a life-threatening heart condition, called Long QT Syndrome, that requires her to take medication daily.
Hundreds of volunteers continued their search for Spierer on Tuesday, scouring downtown Bloomington as well as wooded areas, construction sites and land around lakes.
The Hillel Jewish Center in Bloomington, where Spierer was active, said they have been working with police to assist in the search.
"The police are delegating which areas we’re going to search," Lance DaSilva, who works at the center, told FoxNews.com. "Yesterday we probably had around 400 volunteers. We’re getting a lot of people that want to help."
Spierer is described as 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 90 to 95 pounds.
Police said Spierer has blue eyes and shoulder-length blond hair, though stressed her appearance may have been altered if she was abducted.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts it being urged to call the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.

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Tonight, Bloomington police executed a search warrant at the apartment building of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

Three computer hard drives and a stack of computer disks were taken from the Smallwood Plaza's security office, which holds the building’s surveillance equipment.

Access had been denied, so police used a battering ram to smash their way into the security office and adjacent mailroom.

Spierer’s parents watched the police operation from within the building and left before police did.

Police said they would discuss these new developments at Wednesday’s press conference.

Robert and Charlene Spierer, who flew to Bloomington on Saturday, have spent the past four days with authorities and a growing cadre of volunteers searching the city for the woman.

“We’re not going to give up,” her father, Robert Spierer, said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of people also gathered in the village of Scarsdale, N.Y., tonight at Temples Tremont and Emanu-El to hold a vigil for Spierer, a local college student who has gone missing in Bloomington, Ind.

Spierer, 20, disappeared early Friday morning after a long night of drinking in which she lost track of her shoes, cellphone and keys — all within just a few blocks of her off-campus apartment.

“We certainly do suspect there has been foul play,” Bloomington police Lt. Bill Parker said Tuesday.

Those at the vigil in her hometown were hoping against long odds that Spierer, who grew up in Edgemont and is studying fashion at IU, would be found safe and healthy soon.

“We have come together as a community to support this family,” Rabbi Stephen Klein said. “We continue to keep hope and faith alive.”

(Ned P. Rauch, Danielle De Souza and Shawn Cohen, staff reporters at the Journal News of Westchester County, N.Y., contributed to this report.)

(Note: This was an earlier version of the story.)

Bloomington Police and the parents of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer today implored anyone who knows anything about the missing 20-year-old to contact investigators.

Spierer has been missing since about 4:30 a.m. Friday when she apparently vanished while on her way to her apartment. Lt. Bill Parker said investigators so far have no suspects, but suspect foul play was involved.

“When somebody at 4:30 in the morning, no shoes, and has earlier been drinking and then just disappears off a street corner, we certainly feel like there could be foul play,” Parker said.

He said police have interviewed 10 people of interest who have been cooperative and are not considered suspects.

Police found Spierer’s shoes and cell phone at a Bloomington bar where she had been earlier with friends. They also have found a small purse she used and some keys in an alley, but Parker said he thinks she dropped or left those while walking with a friend sometime after leaving Kilroy’s bar.

He said other local law enforcement agencies and the FBI are helping the investigation with on the ground personnel, as well as monitoring possible electronic activity from social media to credit cards.

Spierer’s father, Robert Spierer, who came to Bloomington over the weekend to help with the search, thanked law enforcement and citizen volunteers for their search efforts for the emotional support he and Lauren’s mother, Charlene, have received.

Robert Spierer said searches with volunteers will continue three times a day – at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Details and updates will be posted at the Website, www.iuhillel.org.

He urged anyone who saw Lauren anytime Thursday or Thursday evening to contact police.

“It doesn’t matter how casual the sighting was,” he said. “Any detail could be helpful to investigators.”

Parker also said he would hold daily media briefings on weekdays. He declined to talk about how much alcohol Lauren might have consumed before she went missing or whether there had been any drug activity. While he acknowledged statistically that the longer people are missing the greater the odds are of a bad outcome, Parker said Spierer’s disappearance is being pursued on its own merits.

“We are investigating this case with this girl’s disappearance,” Parker said. “We are not going to say, ‘OK, it’s been 48 hours.’”

Among those helping the family are the parents of IU student Jill Behrman, who was 19 when she went missing during a bike ride near Bloomington in 2000. Hunters found her skeletal remains three years later in a remote field about 15 miles from the city.

Eric Behrman, Jill's father, said he would encourage Spierer's family to remain positive and hopeful.

“It brings back the memories,” Behrman told The Associated Press Tuesday. “We couldn't help thinking what initially we went through.”
http://www.indystar.com/article/20110607/NEWS02/106070401/Searchers-out-again-looking-IU-student-Lauren-Spierer?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

Lauren's boyfriend asked me to share "Everyone should just know how much I love her & how I'd give anything to have her back with me.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Parents of other missing college students joined Tuesday in the search for a 20-year-old Indiana University sophomore, who police now say they fear was a victim of foul play.

Lauren Spierer left a friend's apartment early Friday after a night out. Her friend saw her walk to the corner, but that was the last anyone saw of the petite blond who never made it home. Authorities said they have no suspects and little information in the case but suspect foul play.

Dozens of volunteers met outside Spierer's apartment building Tuesday for another round of searching. Authorities directed some teams to look for clues – a stray piece of clothing left on the ground or anything that appeared out of place or raises suspicion. Other groups, armed with rolls of tape and posters bearing Spierer's face and physical description, fanned out throughout the downtown.

The search has sparked painful memories for residents and the parents of another student who disappeared more than a decade ago. Jill Behrman was 19 when she went missing during a bike ride near Bloomington in 2000. Hunters found her skeletal remains three years later in a remote field about 15 miles from the city.

Eric Behrman, Jill's father, said he's urged Spierers' parents to stay positive, despite his dreadful ordeal.

"After a period of time – after you've searched, you've exhausted the contacts – that's when a real feeling of fear creeps in," Behrman said. "You realize no one knows where your child is."

The mother of Purdue University student Wade Steffey said health problems kept her from helping search for her son when he went missing in 2007. Dawn Adams said she appreciated the volunteers who looked for Steffey, who was found fatally shocked in a high-voltage utility room on campus two months later. That's why she and her husband came to help search for Spierer on Tuesday.

"It's important to be here to search for Lauren and support her parents," said Adams, a Bloomington resident. "I hope we find her. It's really important to look."

Spierer's parents said they'll continue to organize search parties three times a day and urged anyone with information to contact police. Her sister, Rebecca Spierer, thanked volunteers Tuesday as they drank water and slathered on sunscreen before heading out in the mid-morning heat.

"We are continuing in earnest every day to search for her," Robert Spierer told reporters at a news conference as his wife, Charlene, wiped away tears. "We're not going to give up."

Spierer, who grew up in Greenburgh, N.Y., was full of life and always on the go, her father said. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, had a large circle of friends and spoke to her mother almost every day.

"She's a loving girl," Robert Spierer said.

Bloomington police Lt. Bill Parker said Spierer went to a sports bar Thursday night and then to a friend's nearby apartment. She left for her own place about 4:30 a.m. Her friend watched her walk to the street corner near his apartment.

"She's never been seen since," Parker said.

Investigators have Spierer's purse and some keys, which were found along the route to her friend's apartment. But Parker said they aren't sure whether Spierer left them on her way to or from her friend's home. She left her cell phone and shoes in the bar.

IU students joined the search, saying Spierer's disappearance was a jolt in what they consider an eclectic but safe college town.

"It's just shocking," said Keia Cole, 24. "It's a small town so you wouldn't think something like that would happen."

Bloomington residents hope for a better outcome in Spierer's disappearance than the Behrman case, which dragged on for years.

"Those people went through such a terrible, terrible time," said Sharon Phillips, a Bloomington resident with two adult daughters who volunteered with the search Tuesday. "It's heart wrenching. Anyone's who's a parent is just going to have that kind of a connection to these people."

Eric Behrman said the years spent searching for his daughter were difficult. At times, he said he wondered if he would ever have answers.

"I always hoped to have her come walking through the back door and say, `Hi, Dad!'" he said. "You know after a while that chances are that won't happen. You have to prepare yourself for other situations."

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I am starting to get the impression that someone slipped something into her drink at the bar. She was last seen by a male friend. Keys and cell phone left at bar. Walking barefoot at 4:30 am. Bars close at 2. What happened in that 2-1/2 hour period. Who is the man she spent time with who was the last person to see her? But, then they speak of a female friend that saw her walk around the corner.

This is Not good. I do not think she is alive. MOO.

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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:15 am

I agree Wrap, this is not good at all. Her keys and purse were found in one place, her shoes and cell at the bar she'd been at and she's walking barefoot at 4 am. I just wonder what LE is going to find on the computer drives and discs they seized from the security office of her apartment building and why LE was denied access in the first place. That's real fishy.
I sure hope she's found alive but it does not sound good.
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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:18 pm

Another disappearance drew less response


BLOOMINGTON - Crystal Grubb had two children and lived in poverty, and when she went missing last September, there were no major search parties.

Last seen late at night with friends in Bloomington, her decomposing body was found 13 days later by a farmer in a cornfield just outside of the city. Her homicide remains unsolved.

Her mother, Janice Grubb, who still lives locally, said she's reliving the horror of her daughter's death with the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old Indiana University student from Westchester, N.Y., who went missing early Friday.

"I'm giving my prayers out to this girl's parents," Grubb told The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News today. "I mean, I would love to talk to them. I keep praying and hoping they don't find this girl like mine because I don't want that family to go through what I'm going through."

Janice Grubb, a 48-year-old homemaker, can't write well, so she had her sister-in-law post a message compose a message for her to post on Lauren's Facebook page this week. She sent her well-wishes to Spierer's parents and also was hoping to draw the public's attention to her daughter's case in hopes new leads will surface about her daughter's killer.

"I am the mother of Crystal Grubb, who was missing in September 18, 2010," the posting reads. "She was found deteriorated and murdered on October 1, 2010 here in Bloomington. I'm still looking for answers for my daughter's case. If anyone has any information, please contact Monroe County Sheriff's Department. I am deeply sorry that someone else is going through their daughter missing. I hope and pray that she is safe and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. From Crystal's mom."

She doesn't begrudge all the effort that's being made to find Spierer, with hundreds of people joining multiple daily searches and daily news conferences to update the public. She just wishes her daughter received the same attention.

"They got a lot more people looking for her," Grubb said. "We're not getting as much as they get because my daughter wasn't a student and is from a low income family."

While students, friends, police and other community members are focused on finding Spierer, some in Bloomington also see the disparity in approach between the two cases.

"It's interesting to see the difference when it's a college student versus a local woman," said Ashley Mann, 27, a local waitress who knew Crystal from a social services agency. "When Crystal went missing, it was in the newspaper like once. For this, everyone's here and there's posters everywhere, people walking around. Definitely nothing like that was afforded Crystal. I don't want to say it's because she was of a lower economic class, but that's what it seems to me."

Still, Janice Grubb said she's praying for Lauren and her family.

"My daughter was strangled to death," she said. "With news about another girl, it's tearing my family apart again. I just want somebody to come forward on Crystal's case and hopefully find the other girl safe. I'd do anything I could do to help these people find their daughter."
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Police expand search for Indiana University student beyond city limits

Authorities are extending the police search for a 20-year-old Indiana University student beyond the city limits of Bloomington five days after she was last seen walking back to her apartment after a night out with friends.
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A missing person poster of Lauren Spierer, 20, is posted on a sign post outside her apartment building in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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Post by jeanne1807 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:03 pm

I believe the Grubb family have it wrong.

Spierer's family has waged this war and they are spending lots of family money to bring their daughter home.

Yes the difference is in the money. Those that have it can do all kinds of things when one of their own is missing. That brings media attention.

I feel bad for the Grubb family but I think they made a mistake stepping into Spierer business during this tense time to promote their agenda.

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Post by jeanne1807 on Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:12 pm

I was hopeing for some news today.

My nephew is down at Indiana University right now. He just finished up his Sophmore year.

I wonder if he knew this girl? I will ask him when I see him.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind - As a $100,000 reward is offered in the search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer of Edgemont, a lawyer says police have searched the car, credit card records and cellphone of a fellow student who was with her for much of the night and was punched during a confrontation.

Robert Spierer thanked the hundreds of volunteers who have been searching Bloomington and surrounding areas for his daughter and urged them to continue today. He said tips on the case could be called in to Bloomington police anonymously.

“I’m asking local landowners to check their fields, the woods, their barns, and to call the police if they need help,” he said today during the daily Bloomington police briefing on the search. “Anything small could be something big.”

Meanwhile Bloomington police Lt. Bill Parker said there is little new to report about the case.

“I do not have any great revelations,” he said. “There’s a heck of a lot of information coming in, and that’s what we want.”

The 20-year-old woman has been missing since Friday after a long night of partying with friends from Indiana University.

Both Spierer and Rossman had been charged with drinking offenses in Bloomington.

Spierer was charged on Sept. 3, 2010, public intoxication, illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, misdemeanors. Rossman was charged on Oct. 9, 2008, with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. On Oct. 31 and Dec. 5, 2010, he was charged with illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage. Spierer paid a $428 fine. Rossman paid about $400 for each of his, officials said.

Parker would not comment or answer questions about surveillance video footage from Lauren Spierer’s apartment building that her father said show her and several men in an argument the morning she disappeared.

“Lauren was not involved in any altercation,” he said, but would not elaborate or comment further. He said police are “looking into everything we can, whether it’s video or people talking to us.”

Police have said Lauren Spierer and a man were seen leaving a nearby bar around 2:30 a.m. Friday, just before they entered her nearby apartment building, known as Smallwood Plaza. The pair are seen on video leaving the building about 10 minutes later. Police said they walked a few blocks to another building, where Spierer stayed until about 4:30 a.m., when she decided to return home, alone.

She never made it.

The Journal News reported last night that Corey Rossman, Spierer's companion early Friday, was punched in the face during a confrontation after the two returned to Smallwood Plaza.

"At Smallwood, someone confronted them," said his lawyer, former Monroe County District Attorney Carl Salzmann.

"He got punched in the face. He has no memory of that, or of the 15 minutes leading to that moment," Salzmann said. "The first memory he has is the next morning when he wakes up in his bed, and that's corroborated by several people."

Salzmann said today that Rossman was punched at least once and possibly twice, based on the bruising to his face. Despite his claim of memory loss, Rossman still has not been checked by a doctor, the lawyer said.

The lawyer also said a second confrontation, at Rossman’s building, took place a couple of days after Spierer went missing, when other students confronted him.

Salzmann said today that police have now searched Rossman’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, credit card records, and cellphone, and that Rossman has cooperated with those searches.

He said Rossman had only known Spierer for “a very short time.” He did not elaborate.

Spierer's roommate, Hadar Tamir, said she and Spierer met him two weeks ago, through mutual friends, at the Indy 500 race.

"We literally met him once," she said, as she and another friend who lives in their building, 20-year-old Amanda Roude of Chappaqua, were rejoining the search this afternoon. She last saw Spierer about 12:30 a.m. Friday, Tamir said, in their apartment.

Roude said Lauren’s boyfriend, Jesse Wolff, 21, of Port Washington, Long Island, became worried Friday morning after she did not respond to text messages he sent to her cellphone. She'd left her phone - and her shoes - in a bar before she disappeared.

“He was waiting for her to text him, to say come over and hang out," Roude said. "Jesse was really worried. He went to Hadar's’ class to get her key."

She said Wolff was not part of the circle of friends Spierer had been with the night she disappeared.

“He was a protective boyfriend because he loved her a lot,” she said.

“Her boyfriend loves her more than anyone in this world," Tamir said. "Every time I see him I just want to cry.”

Salzmann, the lawyer, said after Spierer accompanied Rossman home to his apartment, Rossman’s roommate put him to bed.

The lawyer said Spierer was seen by at least two other people after leaving Rossman’s apartment.

He said Rossman was not the witness police said saw Spierer rounding a corner on her way home.

A neighbor at Rossman’s building, Keith Turner, identified the man who reported seeing Spierer last as another neighbor who is good friends with Rossman.

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Post by jeanne1807 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:28 am

Wow, Wow and Wow. It's always the boyfriend, husband, live in.

I heard on the radio yesterday that crime is down in our country. At it's lowest.

When you think about it. Lots of these crimes against women and children come from somebody close.

Make good choices ladies. Protect your children and yourselves.
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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:29 am

Amen to your post, Jeanne!!

I will never understand WHY women don't take their time getting to know a prospective "suitor" and just jump in the sack and allow them to come to your home and not only meet your children, but sleep over with your little ones in the house.

Get a background check on Anyone you think you may be interested in. Even if they act like they could walk on water at any given moment.

If they try to rush you into a relationship, run as fast as you can!

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Post by raine1953 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:16 pm

Police: Still no signs of missing IU student

Authorities said Friday there are still no signs of missing Indiana University sophomore Lauren Spierer a week after she disappeared after a late night of partying at downtown bars.
Bloomington, Ind., police Friday morning conducted a checkpoint stop of 135 vehicles at an intersection near Spierer's apartment just off campus. Police asked motorists if they had been in the area about the same time last Friday hoping to find new witnesses.
Police also passed out fliers about the case to motorists. So far their efforts haven't yielded any new tips. Police said they may repeat the checkpoint approach but didn't specify when.
The search for Spierer on Thursday focused on southern Indiana lakes as her family announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.
Bloomington Police Lt. Bill Parker said divers returned to Lake Monroe for a second day to keep up a search he said was sparked by a tip. A search there Wednesday failed to turn up anything related to the disappearance.
Police are asking local businesses from the suspected area of Spierer's disappearance to share any surveillance video that may be available.
"We're not losing hope," Parker said. "We are concentrating completely on this case and we certainly want to find her alive and we hope that's the case."
Before Friday's news conference, Ernie Reno, a spokesman for Smallwood Apartments, where Spierer lived, said he handed 192 pages of key card logs over to police investigators. The logs detail every time a card was used to gain access to any of the building's estimated 12 entrances and two elevators during a 48-hour period, including the 24 hours before Spierer went missing.
Spierer was last seen about 4:30 a.m. last Friday as she walked alone to her apartment after a night of partying with friends.
Police offered few new details about their investigation. Parker has dismissed reports that Spierer had been involved in an altercation in the hours before she disappeared. He said video surveillance and interviews with witnesses showed Spierer had not been involved in any confrontations.
He declined to discuss reports that a male friend she'd been with had been in a fight with other men a couple hours before she disappeared
U.S. Marshals are assisting with the search that will continue through the weekend. The FBI also is helping Bloomington police with a tipline in preparation for Saturday's episode of America's Most Wanted, which police hope will result in a spike in tips.
Spierer's father, Robert Spierer, urged property owners around Bloomington to check wooded areas, barns and sheds on their property for any signs of her and to call in tips to hotlines police have set up.
"Anything small could be big, so speak up," he said.
The search has sparked an outpouring of volunteers and community support.
John Summerlot, the search operations coordinator for Spierer, said more than 100 volunteers who spent three hours searching along the shoreline and trails at the 100-acre Griffy Reservoir found nothing of apparent importance.
Summerlot, who manages one of IU's residence halls, said one crew descended into a steep ravine and searched areas that were not visible from a road high above looking for clues.
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Post by raine1953 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:11 pm

Bloomington party lifestyle figuring into missing IU student investigation

Bloomington, Ind.— Witnesses to an altercation that happened right before IU student Lauren Spierer disappeared spoke out Thursday night as search efforts continued.

Spierer hasn't been seen since 4:30 a.m. Friday, June 3, when a man identified as Jay Rosenbaum told Bloomington Police he saw the 20-year-old co-ed walk away from his apartment in the 200 block of 11th Street. He said Spierer turned the corner at College Avenue to head south toward her apartment three blocks away at Smallwood Plaza.

It was approximately two hours earlier, at 2:40 a.m., a witness told Fox59 News that Spierer and a friend, Corey Rossman, returned to her apartment building after closing down Kilroy's Sports Bar.
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Lauren Spierer to be featured on "America's Most Wanted"

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A checkpoint failed to turn up new information on a missing IU student, but police hope that will change tomorrow, when the case of Lauren Spierer will be featured on the Fox docudrama, "America's Most Wanted."

20-year-old Lauren Spierer disappeared last Friday.

Bloomington police set up a checkpoint early Friday morning near the area where she was last seen, asking drivers whether they saw anything that could help in the search.

Tomorrow her case will be featured on America's Most Wanted.

A $155,000 reward is being offered for information that helps find her.

America's Most Wanted airs at 9 p.m. Saturday on WDRB 41.
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Post by Guest on Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:35 pm

That reward keeps going higher. Wow
I am glad Lauren story will be featured on the show Americas Most Wanted. I will never understand that show being cut from the air. I don't get it. That show has brought so many people justice.
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Post by raine1953 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:38 pm

DNA samples taken in missing IU student case

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Police investigating the disappearance of Lauren Spierer were given DNA samples Friday afternoon from Corey Rossman, the Indiana University student Spierer was with the morning she went missing, and his roommate, Mike Beth.
The two gave the samples at the police station.
Upon exiting with his lawyer, Rossman told reporters, "I was not the last person with her. That's all I can say. Sorry. I hope they find her as soon as possible. I am praying for her and her family."
Asked whether he had anything to do with her disappearance, Rossman said, "Absolutely not."
Beth told The Journal News on Friday night that he did give a DNA sample but that he was told by his lawyer not to discuss the case with reporters.
"I just hope that they find her," he said. "She was our friend."
Ronald Chapman, a lawyer for Beth, said his client was reinterviewed by police Friday.
"There was no reason for him not to," said Chapman, who described it as a "wrap-up" interview and suggested police would have no further interest in talking with his client. He would not elaborate. He declined to comment on details of the investigation or reveal what his client said about Spierer's visit to the apartment.
The search for Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, has drawn hundreds of volunteers, including her parents and sister and several of her classmates from Edgemont High School, where she graduated in 2009.
She last was seen on video with Rossman shortly after 3 a.m. June 3 after they left her apartment building. Jay Rosenbaum, a friend of Rossman's who lives in his building at 11th Street and North Morton Avenue less than half a mile from where Spierer lives, told police that he saw Spierer leave his building between 4:15 and 4:30 a.m. and turn the corner onto North College Avenue.
But police suggested they have not confirmed that account, and Rossman's lawyer, Carl Salzmann, said Friday that he thinks Spierer went to Rosenbaum's apartment after leaving Rossman's.
"The last place that we can be totally confident she was was further south (of Rossman's building)," Bloomington police Lt. Bill Parker said at a news conference. "We're just going on various statements to place her on the more northern part (of College Avenue)."
Before police requested Rossman's DNA, Parker said that investigators "don't have anybody we'd characterize as a suspect at this time." Police did not respond to questions about the DNA request.
Salzmann said that police have searched Rossman's car, cellphone and credit cards and that his client is cooperating with the investigation. He said Rossman had been punched during an altercation at Spierer's building, went home and blacked out and did not recall what had happened. The altercation was reportedly with friends of Jesse Wolff, Spierer's boyfriend, a junior at the college.
A spokesman for Spierer's building, Ernie Reno, said Rossman was on a "no trespass" list the morning Spierer vanished, banned for prior disturbances at the building, Smallwood Plaza.
Rossman and a friend were arrested there on a public-intoxication charge Oct. 31. He was already on the list May 1 when he was seen urinating in the building's garage, Reno said.
After the altercation June 3, Spierer and Rossman, a 21-year-old from Sharon, Mass., were seen on video leaving her apartment building about 2:45 a.m.
Spierer was seen a short time after that heading north toward Rossman's building, police said. Her keychain was found the next day near an alley behind a building about 100 yards from Rossman's building.
Indiana University student AJ Amin, 19, told The Journal News on Friday that he saw a small purple pouch with a gold key shortly before 3 a.m. that morning on the sidewalk near that building. He said he left it there and that a friend of his put it on a railing when he saw it there a few hours later.
"I didn't know they were hers," said Amin, who had not yet given his account to police.
A friend of Rossman's told The Journal News on Friday that Rossman looked groggy but OK several hours afterward and was aware that Spierer was missing. The friend, a male Indiana University student who lives in Spierer's building, said he ran into Rossman at a CVS pharmacy the afternoon of June 3 and saw no redness or bruising on his face.
He said Rossman was with Beth and told him that Spierer had been in their apartment early that morning.
The friend spoke on the condition his name not be used because he did not want to anger Rossman and did not want police to know he was speaking about the case with a reporter.
He said Rossman recalled having a lot to drink the previous night and said he went home and passed out. Beth told the friend he put Rossman to bed and that Spierer wanted to leave. Beth told the friend he watched her walk out the door and down the street on her way home, the friend said.
According to the friend, Beth and Rossman are not just roommates, but also close friends; he described Rossman as "cool and sometimes cocky" and Beth as his slightly younger buddy who looked up to Rossman.
Spierer, majoring in fashion merchandising, had recently finished her sophomore year and was taking summer classes at Indiana, which consistently has been in the Top 15 of Princeton Review's biggest drinking schools since topping the list in 2005.
She was out partying that night with Rossman and other friends, leaving Kilroy's, a sports bar, just after 2:30.
Though police have said they have not identified any suspects, the case has attracted some high-profile local lawyers. Salzmann is a former district attorney of Monroe County.
Rosenbaum has retained the prestigious Indianapolis law firm of Voyles, Zahn, Paul, Hogan & Merriman.
A lawyer there, Jennifer Lukemeyer, said the firm had no comment on the matter.
The Spierer case will be featured tonight on TV's America's Most Wanted as police, her family and hundreds of volunteers expand their search beyond this college town.
On Thursday, several canine searches and a partial search of a nearby reservoir by police divers were unsuccessful, Parker said.
Early Friday, exactly one week after Spierer went missing, police set up a checkpoint in the area where she last was seen, asking drivers if they regularly passed through there, had been there the previous week and whether they remembered seeing anything.
Parker said 135 cars were stopped but that the effort did not result in any new leads. Asked to characterize the investigation, he said: "We're not losing hope. We're concentrating completely on this case … on finding Lauren."
He was asked whether he thought she was still alive.
"I believe she certainly may be and I hope she is," Parker said.
Parker said the FBI is providing a "tip management" program for what is expected to be a large number of phone and email tips once the program airs on Fox at 9 p.m.
Robert Spierer, with his wife, Charlene, and other daughter Rebecca at his side, urged people to continue to help with the search, and said it would expand beyond Bloomington's borders today. Charlene Spierer said a group of Lauren's friends had started "Lunch for Lauren" Friday, urging everyone in Bloomington to take 10 minutes out of their lunch hour to look for her daughter.
On Friday, Wolff posted a drawing on Facebook of a hand using sign language to spell out "LOVE," with the message, "I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you."
His caption beneath it read, "Lauren's Anniversary gift to me… I love you so much L always and forever."
At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Robert Spierer, a CPA who works as a business adviser for a Manhattan company, was helping direct volunteers showing up for the latest round of searching.
"They are really inspiring us," he said. "People are coming up to me from all over the country, who came here to help. We really feed off the generosity and compassion of everyone that's here."
Asked how long they'd be at it, he said they hadn't figured that out, but that he at least plans to be here into next week. He would not comment on developments in the police investigation.
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Post by raine1953 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:44 pm

raine1953 wrote:DNA samples taken in missing IU student case

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Police investigating the disappearance of Lauren Spierer were given DNA samples Friday afternoon from Corey Rossman, the Indiana University student Spierer was with the morning she went missing, and his roommate, Mike Beth.
The two gave the samples at the police station.

Beth told The Journal News on Friday night that he did give a DNA sample but that he was told by his lawyer not to discuss the case with reporters.
"I just hope that they find her," he said. "She was our friend."
Ronald Chapman, a lawyer for Beth, said his client was reinterviewed by police Friday.
"There was no reason for him not to," said Chapman, who described it as a "wrap-up" interview and suggested police would have no further interest in talking with his client. He would not elaborate. He declined to comment on details of the investigation or reveal what his client said about Spierer's visit to the apartment.
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Maybe I'm reading too much into this but above where I bolded, he spoke of Lauren in the past tense. WTF
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Post by jeanne1807 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:44 pm

Indiana University used to carry the title of "Party School" years back.

I don't know if it still has that title today.
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Post by jeanne1807 on Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:37 am

Laurens mother appearing on television last evening with a message. I thought it would be an appeal for her safe return.

It was a "shame on you" for taking her daughter. Might have been a clip because it was very short with those words.
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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:23 pm

I have to say..she has a heart condition and is out drinking. It seems she MAY have a problem w/alcohol?

How sad for her parents!!!

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Wrapitup wrote:I have to say..she has a heart condition and is out drinking. It seems she MAY have a problem w/alcohol?


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Post by jeanne1807 on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:04 am

http://www.fox59.com/news/laurenspierer/wxin-lauren-spierer-police-investigating-vehicle-spotted-in-vicinity-of-iu-students-disappearance-20110613,0,7164014.story

I keep hopeing they will find something. Her parents have to be desparate by now. God Bless Them!
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Lauren Spierer: 'rumor' of overdose; new details on her night; parents on TV


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Police for the first time Monday acknowledged that they have received information that college student Lauren Spierer may have overdosed on cocaine and that the student or students who were with her panicked and disposed of her body.

Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters, asked by a reporter about these "rumors" during a morning news conference, replied: "Have we heard information along those lines? Absolutely."

But he said detectives had not ruled that possibility, or any other, in or out in their investigation of the missing student.

"It's absolutely critical for us to be open-minded," he said. "There is no shortage of information coming in."

Spierer, a 20-year-old Indiana University sophomore and graduate of Edgemont High School, vanished early June 3 after a night of partying and remained missing this morning. She has a rare heart condition.

Hadar Tamir, Spierer's roommate at Smallwood Plaza apartments, on Monday filled in more details of that morning, saying Spierer was hanging out with her until 12:30 a.m., then went with another Smallwood resident, David Rohn, to friend Jay Rosenbaum's apartment up the street.

Spierer, Rohn and Rosenbaum watched a basketball game at Rosenbaum's, said Tamir, who is friends with Rohn and Rosenbaum. They were joined there by Corey Rossman, who lives two doors down, she said. Tamir said Mike Beth, Rossman's roommate, was also there.

A while later, Rossman and Spierer went to a bar, Tamir said, and Rohn returned to Smallwood.

About 2:30 a.m., Spierer — who left her cellphone and shoes at the bar — and Rossman returned to her building, where other students confronted him.

One punched him in the face, causing him to lose memory of the exchange and his interactions with Spierer after that, Rossman's lawyer said.

They then went to Rossman's building, where Beth, his roommate, put him to bed, said Beth's lawyer, Ronald Chapman.

Beth watched Spierer leave. She then went to Rosenbaum's apartment.

Tamir, who has spoken with Rosenbaum since then, said Monday that he had tried to prevent her from leaving.
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Weekend Searches Find No Sign of Missing Indiana University Student Lauren Spierer
Published June 20, 2011

Police officers have searched a wooded area near a highway north of Bloomington without finding any signs of an Indiana University student last seen more than two weeks ago.
That search happened on Sunday as investigators continued looking for 20-year-old Lauren Spierer in and around Bloomington. The Herald-Times reports officers went to the spot in southern Morgan County near the Indiana 37 highway following a tip about a suspicious odor.
Bloomington Police Capt. Joe Qualters says nothing was found related to the disappearance of the Greenburgh, N.Y., woman, who hasn't been seen since about 4:30 a.m. June 3 as she was walking alone to her apartment.

Police are searching for Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, who disappeared June 3. Spierer, a 20-year-old fashion merchandising major, was last seen walking toward her apartment complex in downtown Bloomington.

Investigators on Sunday found a 2-foot by 4-foot pile of fresh dirt that might have been left by recent utility work.
Spierer, a fashion merchandising major, had just completed her sophomore year at the school. Her shoes and cell phone were found at a popular sports bar where she was partying in the early morning hours of June 3 with friends. Her keys were reportedly found on a railing near her apartment in downtown Bloomington.
Police last week released an image of Spierer leaving her Smallwood apartment complex in downtown Bloomington, wearing a white v-neck shirt and black leggings. They also released two security camera images of a white truck seen in the area at the time of Spierer's disappearance.
Authorities have described the truck as a mid-2000s shortbed four-door Chevrolet Silverado or Colorado. Police said the images show writing on the back doors and rear panels, but investigators haven't been able to read it. The truck is also described to have distinctive wheels and a short bed liner with possible equipment in the back.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or owner is urged to contact the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477 or by email at policetips@bloomington.in.gov.

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Volunteer numbers down in search for student


BLOOMINGTON - Police dismissed a truck shown in surveillance video as a vehicle of interest in the case of a missing IU student Monday.

But the setback is not stopping Lauren Spierer's family and friends from searching. Monday, their legs were soaked, their feet were sopping wet and volunteer searchers were scratched, bruised and simply worn out from walking and searching in the woods.

"I know we search our butt off and we are gonna try and get more people and do it again," said volunteer Tony Sanders.

Since Spierer disappeared June 3, 6,000 people have volunteered to look for her.

"I know a lot of people came here at first, but they were expecting, possibly to come show up Saturday, civilians to come look and they had 31 people and that is disheartening," said volunteer Tracie Agnew.

Bad weather and Father's Day played into the lower numbers of volunteers this past weekend and the dynamics of the search are starting to change. The original command center at Smallwood Plaza apartments has been closed.

"We had some new signs put up, because we moved from the Smallwood area back over to McNutt," said Robert Spierer, Lauren's father.

Spierer put new posters on the windows that have directions to the new location. The daily media briefings by police have been cut back and the number of visible volunteers is shrinking.

"But the one thing that has impressed me, is simply the number of people that have done something," said search organizer John Summerlot.

Search organizers say they are still encouraged by the number of calls from people to volunteer and the work that has been done so far.

"That the amount of area that we have covered, as far as square mileage, is almost unheard of for an operation like this," said Summerlot.

Please for help on Facebook and Twitter are tough to measure. Lauren's father says millions of people have been touched in some way. He has been the constant in the search, but for how much longer?

"I can't answer that, because I'm not thinking of stopping. I will go until I stop and I'm not thinking about stopping," he said.

Volunteers are asked to bring a picture ID to the command center and wear clothing suitable for walking through wooded areas.
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Post by jeanne1807 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:40 pm

I think the rain, Fathers Day and the heat have kept people away from the search.

But Hoosiers will turn out in masses again to look for this IU Student.

Gosh what her parents are going through. God Bless Them.
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CNN) -- The volunteers were told to wear long pants and sturdy shoes, to bring a driver's license so they could prove they were not minors. They were asked to check in and then placed in groups of four or five, maybe more.

And they were given the details of the last sighting of Lauren Spierer. She is only 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes and was wearing black leggings and a white top when she last went out with her friends more than three weeks ago.

The volunteers streamed in starting at 7:30 in the morning, determined to search for clues that might help police find her.

Spierer, a Indiana University student, disappeared some time after 3 a.m. June 2 after leaving Kilroy's Sports Bar in Bloomington. She never made it home that night.

For three long weeks, her parents have lived with uncertainty, police have called regular press conferences and volunteers have joined professionals in the effort to find her.

In mid-June, police had found possible new clues to Spierer's disappearance -- images of a white pickup truck caught on a security surveillance video. But they ruled out a connection and were back to square one. They had received thousands of tips but none so far have yielded anything concrete.

Amid little progress in the case, the police announced Friday they would no longer call news conferences, unless there was news.

The volunteers began to dwindle as well, prompting police, Spierer's family and community volunteers to come together Saturday for one last big push.

By Saturday afternoon, Find Lauren Day, as it was dubbed, had drawn about 400 or so people, said Kelly Holloway, who was helping coordinate search teams.

They were combing a 10-mile area and planned to be out all day long, Holloway said.

Police produced a photograph of Spierer taken at her apartment complex before she left home on the night of her disappearance. The petite fashionista wore black leggings with silver zippers at the ankles and a white shirt with elbow-length butterfly sleeves.

Surveillance camera footage from around 2:30 a.m. showed her and a male student, Corey Rossman, returning to her apartment building, Smallwood Plaza.

Spierer had left her shoes, along with her cell phone, at the bar earlier in the night.

An altercation with other people occurred there that led to Rossman getting punched in the face, his attorney told CNN affiliate WISH, and he claims he has no memory of what happened after that.

Police have said additional surveillance video from an alley showed them walking toward his building around 3 a.m. Her keys were later found in that alley.

A neighbor of Rossman reported seeing Spierer leave around 4:30 a.m., but police said they found no sign of her after the 3 a.m. sighting on any of the surveillance video they viewed from the blocks between the two buildings.

Spierer's mother, Charlene Spierer described her daughter as "a sweet, bubbly girl." She has repeatedly thanked the family's supporters and said she was trying to remain hopeful.

"As a parent, as a mom, you speculate and you wonder what happened," she said at the last regular police news conference Friday.

"Perhaps it was a terrible accident that happened and we can deal with that," she said. "What we can't deal with is what we don't know. So information is the most valuable thing we need right now."

Spierer's family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to her recovery. They have opened up a post office box for people to send in information.

As she has done at almost every news conference, Charlene Spierer pleaded again Friday for anyone with information to come forward.

"Please," she said, "we're begging you. Help us find Lauren."

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Body Recovered From Indiana Creek, Unclear If It Is That of Lauren Spierer

A body has been found on the north side of Indianapolis, and the discovery is being watched by investigators involved in the search for a missing Indiana college student.
Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old Indiana University student from Greenburgh, N.Y., disappeared June 3 after partying into the morning hours with friends in Bloomington, Ind. She had just completed her sophomore year at the school, where she was studying fashion merchandising.
Bloomington police reported Monday that a decomposed body had been recovered from Fall Creek on the northeast side of Indianapolis by authorities there.
"Bloomington Police investigators are in contact with (Indianapolis police), but at this time there is not enough information ... to determine the identity or a basic description. A forensic examination is expected to provide more information," Bloomington police said in a news release.


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I know Jeanne.... crying
But with that heart condition that she needed daily medication for didn't give me much hope.
I so hope this isn't her. But if it isn't it's someone else's loved one. It\\'s Not Fair
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You're right! It's NOT Fair at all. OMG, I have a gut feeling this is her. crying

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raine1953 wrote:I know Jeanne.... crying
But with that heart condition that she needed daily medication for didn't give me much hope.
I so hope this isn't her. But if it isn't it's someone else's loved one. It\\'s Not Fair

Yes you are right. It will be a terrible sad night/day for somebody when they learn their dear child is dead.

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Post by raine1953 on Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:08 am

Autopsy set for Tuesday on body found in Indiana

Police investigating the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer are awaiting the results of an autopsy Tuesday of a decomposed female body found Sunday on the northeast side of Indianapolis.The body, found a month after the Edgemont, N.Y., native went missing, had not been identified as of Monday night, and Bloomington, Ind., police have given no indication whether it may be her.
"Bloomington Police investigators are in contact with (Indianapolis police), but at this time there is not enough information … to determine the identity or a basic description,"—Bloomington Police Lt. William Parker wrote Monday morning. "A—forensic examination is pending which, hopefully, will provide more information."
Messages left Monday with the Indianapolis police and the Marion County Coroner's Office were not immediately returned.
The body was recovered from Fall Creek on the northeast side of Indianapolis, the state's capital with a population of about 800,000. Indianapolis is about 50 miles north of Bloomington.
Press reports say a child discovered the body lodged in debris in the water. It was so severely decomposed, police said, that the race, age or size of the woman could not be immediately determined.
The Marion County coroner's office is expected to determine a cause of death early Tuesday morning, and were hoping for an identification.
Spierer's parents -- Greenburgh, N.Y., residents Robert and Charlene Spierer -- who have been in Bloomington since soon after their daughter went missing, had no immediate comment about the discovery Monday.
Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old fashion major at Indiana University, disappeared June 3 after a night of partying with friends in Bloomington.
Her night out began shortly after midnight, when she and David Rohn, who lives in her off-campus apartment building, left their building to go to the home of Jay Rosenbaum, about a half-mile up the street.
She eventually left the apartment and went with Corey Rossman, a neighbor of Rosenbaum's, to nearby Kilroy's Sports Bar. She and Rossman left the bar then stopped by her building. The two went back to Rossman's, where his roommate, Mike Beth, said he put Rossman to bed. Spierer then returned to Rosenbaum's.
Spierer's roommate said Rosenbaum told her that he tried to get Spierer to sleep on his couch but let her leave by herself when she demonstrated she could walk without stumbling. He was the last person to report having seen her, telling authorities that she left his place about 4:15 a.m. and that he saw her turning a corner on her way home.
Hundreds of volunteers have searched for the blond student. Robert and Charlene Spierer have been leading the searches and have been appealing to her friends to tell authorities everything they know about her disappearance.
The search expanded from within a 5-mile radius of where she was last seen to a 10-mile radius.
Kilroy's bar has received citations for accepting fake IDs by Indiana Excise police. The company that runs Kilroy's has been cited for fake IDs by Indiana Excise police during the last 18 months and its three bars were the sites of 64 percent of the 188 tickets issued to people younger than 21 for possessing a false ID, the Bloomington Herald-Times reported over the weekend.
Police haven't said whether Spierer had a fake ID, and the bar's owner did not respond to calls seeking comment.
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:15 am

Can you imagine what her parents must be going through? Simply unimaginable!

And, have you noticed that the majority of murders committed are either in or near water.

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IMPD has talked to police in 2 missing-person cases
11:58 PM, Jul. 4, 2011

The discovery of a badly decomposed woman's body in Fall Creek on Sunday raised an immediate question for police and a swell of emotions for family members of two missing women: Could it possibly be Indiana University student Lauren Spierer or Noblesville great-grandmother Dorothy Mae Heard?

But a positive identification will not come until today, at the earliest, after an autopsy, police said Monday. That's because the body discovered in the water near the 6500 block of East Fall Creek Parkway was in such bad condition that investigators couldn't immediately make out the victim's age, race or ethnicity or an obvious cause of death.

So two families will continue to wait -- and hope -- even though the answer that eventually comes might confirm their worst fears.

It is an emotional roller coaster ride that Patti Bishop, Delphi, knows all too well. Bishop is the founder and chairwoman of IN Hope Indiana Missing, a group that assists families of missing persons. Her stepdaughter, Karen Jo Smith, Indianapolis, has been missing since Dec. 27, 2000.

"Any time a body is found, your heart jumps," said Bishop. "You're thinking: 'Is it mine? Is it our family member?' "

When she heard about the body in Fall Creek, Bishop said, her first thought was that it could be Heard. But Bishop's thoughts also turned to Spierer and the coed's family.

"I'm just hoping it's one of those two," she said. "But this could be someone that no one has even reported missing."

Kendale Adams, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said it has been in contact with investigators involved in both cases.

"We've talked to them, but it has been very preliminary," he said. "It's not that we're holding anything back. We just don't know who she is."

The Bloomington Police Department also issued a statement Monday saying it was aware of the body in Indianapolis. The statement came after the department received several media inquiries about whether the body could be that of Spierer, who went missing June 3 from Bloomington after a night out with friends.

Although Spierer's disappearance has garnered massive publicity in Indiana and beyond, she isn't the only missing woman in the area.

Heard, a 74-year-old great-grandmother from Noblesville, has not been seen or contacted family members since June 13. She was last seen about 8 a.m. that day but did not respond to a phone message left by a relative 30 minutes later. Heard apparently took her purse, police have said, but nothing else appeared to be missing from her home. She left her car in the driveway.

Heard's nephew, Donald L. Burns, 47, Elwood, was arrested the following day on unrelated charges. Police subsequently learned that Burns pawned Heard's wedding ring on the day she went missing. The ring was recovered at the EZ Pawn in Marion, police reported, and the shop's records indicated Burns pawned it there at 5:23 p.m., about 81/2 hours after Heard was last seen.

Spierer, 20, went missing in the early morning hours of June 3 after a night of partying. She was last seen about 4:30 a.m., walking in the vicinity of 11th Street and College Avenue, just blocks from her upscale, off-campus apartment building.

Bishop said the hope of finding a missing loved one never goes away. But there are changes in the way families react as days turn to weeks and the weeks spill into years. Some of those changes are due to biology -- bodies decompose over time when exposed to the elements -- and others come about through the healing power of time.

"When we hear the term 'body,' " she said, "those of us with older cases reach out to those with more recent cases."

In the case of her stepdaughter, Karen Jo Smith's former husband, Steven D. Halcomb, was convicted in 2004 of murdering her and received a 95-year prison sentence. Trial testimony said Halcomb had plotted to dispose of the body and other evidence, thinking it would keep him from being convicted.

For families like Bishop's, the hope now is simply to find remains -- "even one tiny bone."

"It does get easier, but it is never easy," Bishop said. "You never lose hope. You never give up."

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:29 am

Bar Lauren Spierer Visited has History with Underage Drinking
July 03, 2011 09:30 PM EDT

Lauren Spierer has been missing now for exactly one month, from Bloomington, Indiana. The IU fashion student lived the average, healthy lifestyle that many coeds across the country lead, but this very partying could be reason for her disappearance. The latest updates in the Lauren Spierer case reveal a pattern of underage drinking in the college town of Bloomington.

When Lauren disappeared on June 3rd, she was highly intoxicated. The last person to claim to have seen her alleges that the young college student wandered home barefooted. From the beginning, police were focused on surveillance footage of a white pickup truck, which not only proved insufficient to the investigation, but it hindered the investigation. Now things are starting to focus locally, as they should.

You see, the company that operates the bar Lauren frequented has been part of several citations from the police for underage drinking and fake IDs. Kilroy's Sports Bar, which is a chain operation of sports bars in the region, has contributed to over 60% of fake ID and underage drinking citations in Bloomington.

The Kilroy's Sports Bar branch that Lauren Spierer visited on the night of her disappearance is located right in the heart of the upscale university housing area in Bloomington. It's easily accessible by the many students and has capitalized off underage drinking to the point of making up more than half of the underage drinking arrests in the city.

Look, students party. This is just a hard-cold fact of life, especially young, popular students like Lauren. However, that doesn't excuse the fact that Kilroy's Sports Bar has been the focus of so many underage drunken students in recent times. That in a way invites criminal activity due to the seemingly harmless criminal activity already taking place.

Lauren did leave the bar that night, with friends, but beyond that, she hasn't been seen since. She was served alcohol there all night, illegally, just like so many other young students have done before and are surely doing right now as this story is being typed. Nobody knows what happened to her, allegedly, but if she wouldn't have had access to so much alcohol, she may have been alert enough to fight off an attack, get help, or simply just go home safely. Who knows?

How many more illegal drinks will be served to Lauren's friends while she remains missing and her family in mourning?

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good article. Underage drinking has been going on for centuries..long before the law stepped in and made the legal drinking age 21. Kids will find alcohol if they want to drink no matter if they are in a bar or sitting in their dorm. People of age will readily get the alcohol for these kids. I have seen this a gajillion times.

This is a very sad case. Lauren had a "beautiful life" headed her way. IMO, alcohol played a huge part in her disappearance and possible demise. So sad!

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Lauren Spierer Search: Indiana Body Not Missing College Student

The body found in an Indiana creek Sunday is not that of missing college student Lauren Spierer, the Marion County Coroner's Office in Indianapolis said today.

"It appears as though this is an African-American female and not that of Lauren Spierer," Chief Deputy Coroner Alfie Ballew said.

A forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist have determined that the "physical structural characteristics" of the body, including bone structure of the face, dental structure of the mouth and hair on the head, indicate that the body does not belong to Spierer.

The autopsy is ongoing and the coroner's office will work with the Indianapolis Police Department to determine the victim's identity and cause of death. While the process, which will involve microscopic sampling, might take up to several weeks, the cause of death might never be determined.

"Sometimes, you are unable to determine cause of death on a severely decomposed body," Ballew said.

The body was discovered Sunday night at Fall Creek, located about 65 miles north of Bloomington, Ind., where missing Indiana University student Spierer was last seen June 3.

Witnesses reportedly spotted the body floating in the water at the creek's edge just before 7 p.m.

Initially, authorities in Indianapolis were unable to provide identity, age or race of the badly decomposed female body found in the creek.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police had also contacted authorities in Noblesville, Ind., who are investigating the June 13 disappearance of 74-year-old great-grandmother Dorothy Heard, the Associated Press reported.

"Once we find out who she is, then we can backtrack and try to determine the events that led to her demise," said Kendale Adams, Indianapolis police public information officer to ABC's local affiliate WRTV.

Spierer was last seen at 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of 11th street and College Avenue, walking home to her apartment after a night out at Kilroy's Sports Bar and, later, a friend's party. Surveillance footage from her apartment at Smallwood Plaza shows that she never returned home. The last trace of the missing student was her keys, found one block away from where she was last seen.

Police in Bloomington have named 10 persons of interest in their ongoing investigation, including Jesse Wolf, Spierer's boyfriend who first reported her disappearance, and Jason Rosenbaum, the last person to admit seeing Spierer.

Rosenbaum became the center of attention when reports surfaced that he had left his Bloomington condo in the middle of search efforts. Rosenbaum's attorney, James Voyles, said in a news statement that "Mr. Rosenbaum has fully cooperated with the investigation of the disappearance of Lauren Spierer and will continue to do so."

A social media effort was launched by supporters and friends to spread the word about Spierer's disappearance and aid in her recovery efforts. A Facebook page, Twitter feed, website and blog have provided updates about the ongoing investigation.

@NewsOnLaurenS tweeted this morning that: "Regardless of results, a family will need our thoughts and prayers today."

Sunday marked once month since the 4-foot-11, 95-pound fashion major disappeared.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/lauren-spierer-search-indiana-body-missing-college-student/story?id=13999951


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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:00 am

Updated: Jun 28, 2011 9:59 PM CDT
By David MacAnally

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Lauren Spierer was last seen early in the morning of June 3

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Holly Bobo disappeared in Tennessee this past April.

BLOOMINGTON - The disappearance of an IU student earlier this month has similarities to a Tennessee case.

Nursing student Holly Bobo disappeared in April, two months before 20-year-old Lauren Spierer went missing near the IU campus. Both students are the same age and have similar looks, which raises questions.

"I can't even tell you what it's like to get that phone call that your daughter is missing," said Spierer's mother, Charlene.

"I think of her. I love her," said Bobo's mother, Karen.

The Spierer case has dominated Indiana news since June 3, when she was last reportedly spotted leaving a friend's apartment around 4:30 in the morning. Police and volunteers have searched, persons of interest have been questioned, but there have been no arrests yet.

Bobo disappeared 340 miles away, in Tennessee, also in the morning. She was last seen being led away by a man in camouflage. Volunteers have also joined the search for Bobo.

The two have more in common than their student status. Both are blond-haired, white females, age 20 and both are petite.

Information leading to the discovery of Spierer, the daughter of a prominent New York family, could bring a $100,000 reward. Bobo's cousin is country singer Whitney Duncan. There is an $85,000 reward offered in her case.

Students around IU who saw Bobo's picture mistook her for Lauren Spierer.

Late Tuesday, Bloomington police told Eyewitness News they were aware of the Tennessee case and the similarities, but don't think there's a connection at this time.

With the "Find Lauren" search center shutting down Wednesday and the end of daily searches, some students think it's worth looking for patterns in other cases.

"It's probably three or four hours away from here. If there's nothing else, it's worth looking at, if they haven't found anything else yet," said student Chris Robbins.

"Any bit of information could be important, of course. They look so similar, identical," said student Wesley McKinney.

And it's not just these two women, other students missing around the country fit the same description.

http://www.wthr.com/story/14994158/spierer-disappearance-has-similarities-to-tenn-case

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Post by raine1953 on Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:16 am

Lauren Spierer's boyfriend says he passed polygraph

The boyfriend of missing college student Lauren Spierer spoke with detectives this week and has taken a lie-detector test, he confirmed in a Facebook exchange with a Journal News reporter.

And he suggested he passed the polygraph.

"If I failed a polygraph everyone in the world would know," read the message written from Jesse Wolff's Facebook account.

These were his first public comments since police identified him early in the investigation as one of the "persons of interest."

He also said "my life (expletive) sucks," in response to questions about the disappearance, search and investigation that has now been going on for 50 days.

Wolff, a resident of Port Washington, Long Island, who graduated this year from Indiana University, told friends that he had planned to get together with Spierer early June 3, but they couldn't reach each other that morning because, as he learned later, she left her cellphone at a bar.

He was the one bar employees called later in the morning to report they had her phone, after seeing several text exchanges between the couple.

Wolff's main Facebook photo, undated, shows him and Spierer — a 20-year-old from Edgemont — with arms around each other, both smiling as she clutched a red plastic cup. The two met as teenagers at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania and started dating seriously after she enrolled at IU in 2009.

A couple weeks ago, police in Bloomington, Ind., searched the home that Wolff shared with former fraternity brothers.

Since Spierer's disappearance, a reporter for the Journal News has sent repeated emails to Wolff and visited his home in Port Washington on Thursday, seeking an interview. His parents declined, with his father saying his son wasn't home.

Wolff responded today via Facebook, urging the reporter to "Leave me alone please." He then stated, "I spoke with the detectives Tuesday and have taken a polygraph. All my cards are out on the table ..."

Asked whether police administered the polygraph, and for the results, Wolff replied, "what the (expletive) do you think the results were? if i failed a polygraph everyone in the world would know ...."

Asked again whether police administered it, he replied, "I don't think you are understanding what i just said to you ... dont (sic) ever talk to me again."

He also declined to share details of his interactions with Spierer in the hours before she went missing.

"(Expletive) you and (expletive) the media," he wrote. "I tell the police everything because they can actually help."

Neither police nor his lawyer responded to calls seeking comment.
http://www.lohud.com/article/20110722/NEWS02/107220376/Spierer-boyfriend-says-he-passed-polygraph?odyssey=nav%7Chead
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