The Lauren Spierer Case

Indiana Student Disappears After Partying

Lauren Spierer
Missing Since June 2011. Family Photo

On June 3, 2011, 20-year-old Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, a native of Greenburgh, New York, was last seen walking home to her apartment from a friend's home after a night of partying with friends at Kilroy's Sport Bar in Bloomington.

Here are the latest developments in the case:

Appeals Court Upholds Judge's Ruling to Toss Spierer Lawsuit

Aug. 14, 2015 - A federal appeals court has agreed with a lower court judge that the lawsuit filed by the parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer should be dismissed.

Spierer's parents sued two of the male students who provided alcohol to their daughter on the night she disappeared.

Robert and Charlene Spierer's lawsuit claimed that Jason Rosebaum and Corey Rossman provided 20-year-old Lauren with alcohol and they were partially responsible for her disappearance because they did not make sure she returned to her apartment safely.

But the judge and now the appeals court disagreed.

"We have found no decisions under Indiana law where persons were held liable for the actions of their social peers, absent additional factors not present here," the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision said.

"Because he was with Lauren the majority of the evening and bought drinks for her, Rossman was nearest to assuming a duty to care for her," the court said. "But he also appears to have been intoxicated -- so much so that it is questionable whether he could effectively take care of himself, still less another person."

The Spierers filed the lawsuit in hopes of getting the two men to talk. They believe Rosebaum and Rossman know a lot more than they have told authorities about Lauren's June 2011 disappearance.

Judge Dismisses Parents' Lawsuit

Oct. 2, 2014 - A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the parents of a missing Indiana University student aimed at two of the men she was in contact with the night she disappeared in 2011.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled that Lauren Spierer's parents failed to present any evidence the men had anything to do with their daughter's disappearance.

The lawsuit was filed against Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman, who provided Lauren with alcohol on the night she vanished. The lawsuit claimed by not making sure the intoxicated woman made it safely back to her apartment, they were responsible for her presumed death.

The judge disagreed that the two were responsible.

"Unfortunately, there could be any number of theories as to what happened to Lauren and what, if any, injuries she may have sustained," Pratt wrote. "Without evidence to prove these theories, it would be impossible for a jury to determine if whatever happened to Lauren was a natural and probable consequence of her intoxication."

The Spierer's attorney said they plan to appeal the judge's ruling.

Previous Developments

Men Deny Responsibility in Spierer Case
Jan. 22, 2014
Two men accused of giving alcohol to an Indiana University coed before she disappeared in June 2011 have filed papers in federal court claiming they were not in anyway responsible for her disappearance. Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman said they had no control or had any right to control the 20-year-old Lauren Spierer on the night she vanished.

Hearing Set in Spierer Lawsuit
Nov. 4, 2013
A judge has scheduled a hearing in December to decide whether to proceed with a lawsuit brought by the parents of a missing Indiana University student against the three men who furnished her alcohol on the night she disappeared. Lauren Spierer's parents claim the three should have protected the 20-year-old after she became intoxicated.

Lauren Spierer's Parents File Lawsuit
May 31, 2013
The parents of a missing Indiana University college student have filed a civil lawsuit against the three men who were the last known to see her on the night she vanished. Lauren Spierer's parents charge that the negligence of the three led to the "disappearance, death or injury" of their daughter.

Clues Few in Lauren Spierer Case
June 3, 2013
After two years, the family of a missing Indiana University student has about as much information now as they did the night she disappeared.

Few clues have turned up in the case of Lauren Spierer who disappeared after a night of partying with her college friends on June 3, 2011.

Spierer Family Awaits Skull ID
July 16, 2012
Investigators and family members of a Indiana University student missing since June 2011 are anxiously awaiting the forensic examination of a human skull found by a fisherman in the White River in Indianapolis. The skull was found under the Raymond Street Bridge about 60 miles from where 20-year-old Lauren Spierer was last seen.

Killer Linked to Lauren Spierer Case?
May 3, 2012
It may be a long shot, but investigators are looking into the possible link between a Indiana man accused of killing three women and the case of a missing 20-year-old University of Indiana college student. Convicted sex offender William Clyde Gibson is accused of three murders in New Albany, about 100 miles from when Lauren Spierer disappeared in Bloomington.

Lauren Spierer Search Leads to Landfill
Aug. 16, 2011
The search for a 20-year-old Indiana college student who disappeared in June has led investigators to a landfill 60 miles west of Bloomington. State and FBI investigators have begun searching through the garbage dump in Pimento for evidence in the Lauren Spierer case.

Body in Creek Concerns Spierer Searchers
July 4, 2011
Volunteers searching for a 20-year-old Indiana University student are hoping that a body found in a creek in Indianapolis is unrelated to the Lauren Spierer case. An autopsy was needed to identify the badly decomposed female body found in Fall Creek northeast side of the state capitol.

Police Seek Truck in Lauren Spierer Case
June 16, 2011
Bloomington police have released a blurry photo and description of a pickup truck that was circling the block around the time that Indiana University student Lauren Spierer disappeared. Police want to question the driver in connection with their investigation into the 20-year-old's disappearance.

Mystery Continues in Lauren Spierer Case

June 13, 2011 - Ten people have been questioned as persons of interest, DNA samples have been collected from friends, lakes and woods have been searched, but authorities have few clues and no suspects in the case of an Indiana University student missing since June 3. Police believe foul play is involved in the disappearance of 20-year-old Lauren Spierer.

Spierer disappeared after partying at a sports bar with friends. She was last seen walking barefoot and alone toward her Bloomington apartment.

According to police Lt. Bill Parker, Spierer left the sports bar around 2:30 a.m. Friday, June 3. She and a friend walked to her apartment building then later walked north to another friend's apartment. She was last seen by a male friend walking home from that building to her own apartment around 4:30 a.m.

Spierer apparently left her shoes and her cellphone at the bar. Her purse and her keys were found between her apartment and her friend's apartment.

Needs Daily Heart Medication

Making the length of her disappearance more critical is the fact that Spierer must take daily medication for a serious heart condition known as Long QT Syndrome.

Lt. Parker said hundreds of volunteers have searched the downtown Bloomington area, wooded areas, construction sites and the banks of local lakes, finding no trace of the rising junior at the university.

"America's Most Wanted" did a short segment on Spierer's case on Saturday, Texas EquuSearch joined the search for Spierer and her mother made an emotional appeal to the media over the weekend.

"I want to say to the person who has Lauren or has harmed Lauren: Shame on you!" Charlene Spierer said. "In relationship to that, the person who knows this person who's not coming forward with the information, I beg you to come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477. There is a $100,000 reward offered by her family.

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