On June 3rd, 2011 the world recorded one of the most mysterious disappearances of the 20-year-old
Lauren Spierer following a night of drinking and alleged drug use at Kilroy’s Sports Bar. The only child
of her parents, Charlene and Robert Spirier is presumably dead and the case remains a mystery.
EARLY LIFE: Lauren was born on 17th January 1991 to an accountant, Robert Spirier and Charlene Spierer, a housewife. In Scarsdale, New York in the lower Westchester County. She graduated from Edgemont High School in 2009 and enrolled in Indiana University. Spierer studied textile merchandising and was highly active in the Jewish community in Indiana.
The 20-year-old met her boyfriend Jesse Wolf and her friend Jay Rosenbaum and many others years
earlier at Camp Towanda, a summer camp in Honesdale, Pennsylvania who later comprised her
THE NIGHT LAUREN DISAPPEARED: Rob and Charlene had no qualms about bidding their daughter
Goodbye as they dropped her at Indiana for her freshman year. They considered it safe. But what they learned later during investigations was heart-jarring. Bloomington like other colleges has its dark sides. Many students complain of rampant alcohol abuse and a thriving drug scene of
which Lauren was a part.
She had been arrested for public intoxication nine months before her disappearance and later on
police found a small amount of cocaine in her room in 2011 after she had disappeared.
“It was a little bit of shock,” Charlene remarked about her daughter’s participation in the party scene.
On the night of 2nd June Lauren was outlined to have a wild night with Corey Rossman, Rosenbaum’s
Seth Parker who was into Bloomington’s drug scene around that time said Corey told him later that
Lauren and himself were partying and ‘pre-gaming’ at another apartment before heading to Kilroy’s
at 1:46 a.m. according to surveillance footage.
“They’re only about 30 minutes, but during that time, she leaves her shoes and her cellphone
in the bar”, says former FBI agent Officer Brad Garrett. “I think this gives you some indication about
how out of it she may be at this point.”
Lauren and Corey left Kilroy’s and headed towards Smallwood Plaza Apartments, where her
residence is located at 2:30 a.m. Zack Oakes, one of the four students they ran into in the hallway,
notices the former’s level of intoxication and inquired if she was okay.
“They don’t like the way Rossman is handling Lauren. And Rossman supposedly says
something smart to him and this guy decides to deck him.” Officer Garrett said. “Rossman goes
After they left Smallwood, the pair made their way to Rossman’s apartment at 2:48 a.m. Surveillance
cameras mounted on a nearby alley showed her exit the alley at 2:51 a.m. where the girl’s keys and
purse were found. After some time Corey tosses her over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry.
Once in Rossman’s apartment, he fell sick and went to bed according to his old roommate. The latter
then took Spierer next door, to the apartment of another friend, Jason Rosenbaum.
Jay sees what bad shape Lauren is in and says, ‘Lauren lay down on the couch. Go to sleep. Go
home in the morning.’ And she won’t do it, Garrett said. She says,’ I want to keep going, I want to
go.’ Jay walks her to the door and he sees her walk up 11th street.”
Reportedly he was the last person to see her alive.
INVESTIGATION: In August 2011, police conducted a nine-day search of the Sycamore Ridge Landfill
in Pimento for clues in the disappearance. Hundreds of volunteers also joined Lauren’s parents and authorities in a massive search that covered abandoned quarries, dense forests, and, in a last-ditch the effort, a local landfill. But they found nothing.
The HLN show, Real Life Nightmare, detailed the Lauren Spierer case in an hourlong episode called
“Night of No Return.” Spierer’s case has been covered in multiple podcasts, including Crime Junkie,
True Crime Garage, Going West: True Crime, True Crime All The Time Unsolved, Trace Evidence, and
Not Another True Crime Podcast.
In April 2015, the Bloomington Police tried investigating a possible link between Spierer’s disappearance and the murder of another IU student, Hannah Wilson, who went missing on April 24, 2015, after visiting Kilroy’s. Wilson was last seen getting into a taxi in front of the bar and driving
away. Her body was found the next morning in Brown County. A local man named Daniel Messel was
arrested for the murder after his cell phone was discovered near the body. In July 2015, Dietl concluded that the two cases are unrelated and any similarities between the two cases were purely coincidental.
Five years later the missing posters were all but gone around the Bloomington campus. But Rob and
Charlene has not given up and quietly, the case is very much alive as Officer Garrett and the team
of private investigators have turned up new witnesses, leads, and theories.
THEORIES: 1) “When something happens to someone, it’s usually from their circle”, says the officer
Brad. Hence, he started with those close to Lauren.
• Jesse Wolfe helped with the searches initially but later his parents took him away which
Robert thought was odd. No witnesses reported seeing Wolfe out that night and he claims
that he was occupied watching NBA finals and went to ned around 2:30 a.m. according to his
• The police took a DNA sample from Corey Rossman and he denied further involvement. He
also claimed to have lost his memory after being slugged in Lauren’s apartment building.
Now living in New York, he declined repeated requests to talk, though his attorney says that
Rossman continues to cooperate which the police.
2) Stranger Abduction- The police have also acknowledged they have not ruled out the
possibility of an abduction by a stranger. Spierer’s parents have previously stated that they do
not believe her disappearance was a random abduction.
3)In 2017, Brown County prosecutor, Ted Adams, reported he believed Daniel Messel could
be related to Spierer’s disappearance. In 2016, Messel was convicted of killing Hannah Wilson.
- Wilson had only been reported missing for one day when her body was found in a
desolate field; she had been bludgeoned to death. Messel’s cell phone was discovered at her
feet. Messel has never been charged in connection with Spierer’s case.
Ten-year elapses since Spierer’s death Robert and Charlene Spierer, still “emotionally raw,” in the words of Charlene, continue visiting Bloomington, to keep up the search. Given the case’s high
profile, it is unlikely police will officially move the file into the cold-case drawer anytime soon. For now, at least, “leads are coming in from several different places,” says Robert Spirier. “It’s one continuous series of leads and information that, at one point, might fall into place.
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2. Disappearance of Lauren Spierer- Wikipedia https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Lauren_Spierer&ved=2ahUKEwi_06z02q3xAhWxmOYKHcBmCGEQFjAAegQIBRAC&usg=AOvVaw17N3WaONWqyYIXtt1c9fzq
3. 5 Years After She Vanished, New Hope in Lauren Spierer Case-ABC News https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/lauren-spierer-case-years-vanished-hope/story%3Fid%3D40084230&ved=2ahUKEwjVn_qs263xAhWL7XMBHZj8CFQQFjABegQIFRAC&usg=AOvVaw2-Z5Bs8YEWPs0NSpw4yeWd&cf=1
4. The Lauren Spierer Mystery, Unraveled- Indianapolis Monthly https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/news-and-opinion/crime/the-lauren-spierer-mystery-unraveled&ved=2ahUKEwijrpzK263xAhX7IbcAHRDODzEQFjAAegQIBRAC&usg=AOvVaw3rf3qK1HJmbbROajY0zbMW