One of the most covered unsolved cases in a college town, the disappearance of Lauren Spierer at Indiana University is still cold 10 years later.
Lauren Spierer was a junior at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, studying apparel merchandising in 2011. A native of Scarsdale, New York, Lauren had a tight group of friends on and off-campus. That makes her now-10-year disappearance even more baffling.
Lauren's case has received a lot of media attention since she went missing, including national coverage from the likes of Nancy Grace and People Magazine. But there are still so many unresolved questions from that night, including the biggest—where is Lauren?
The day Lauren went missing
On the late evening of June 2nd, 2011, Lauren was seen leaving her apartment with a friend, David Rohn. The two went to another mutual friend’s apartment, Jay Rosenbaum. Lauren, David, and Jay had plans to meet up with Jay’s neighbor, Corey Rossman. There were approximately 10 people at Corey’s apartment with reports of heavy drinking and drug use. By midnight, David heads back to his apartment at Smallwoods Plaza and per surveillance footage, he isn’t seen leaving the apartment again around 11 AM the next morning.
By 1:46 AM, Lauren goes to Kilroy Sports Bar and is later seen leaving the bar with Corey Rossman by 2:27 AM. Lauren leaves behind her shoes at the bar because the bar has a sand-covered patio. After leaving the bar, there is a lot of back and forth from various friends' homes before she is last seen:
- By 2:30 AM Lauren and Corey are seen at Smallwood Plaza but are confronted by Zach Oates, and 3 others who are concerned about Lauren. Zach Oates and Corey have a verbal altercation before Zach punches Corey in the face.
- Lauren and Corey leave Smallwood Plaza. A security camera shows Lauren and Corey exiting the alley near Smallwood at 2:51 AM and walking toward the 5 North Townhomes–where mutual friends live.
- When they return back to Smallwood Plaza, at Corey’s apartment where his room tries to convince Lauren to sleep over instead of walking back to her apartment, but she refuses.
- Lauren then heads over to Jay’s apartment next door by 4:15 AM, where she borrows Jay’s phone to call David and another unidentified friend, but neither of them picks up the phone. By 4:30 AM on June 3, 2011, Jay says he last saw Lauren at the intersection of 11th Street and College Ave, headed south on College Ave.; barefoot, wearing black leggings and a white shirt she was last seen barefoot, wearing black leggings and a white shirt.
When she was reported missing
By the afternoon of June 3, Lauren’s boyfriend tries to get in contact with her but is contacted by an employee of Kilroy’s Sports Bar to let him know that Lauren left her phone there. Lauren’s roommate meets up with her boyfriend to try to find Lauren. Her friends called to report her missing to the Bloomington Police Department shortly after that. Lauren’s sister, Rebecca calls around to family to let them know that Lauren has been reported missing. Lauen’s mother, Charlene, starts calling local hospitals while her father, Robert, calls her boyfriend, who is at the police station. Lauren’s parents arrive in Bloomington the very next day.
Three days later, the community gathered to search for Lauren throughout the Bloomington area including Smallwood Plaza—where she was last seen. Two days later, police reveal that there are 10 people of interest. Volunteers continue to coordinate search efforts but there is no sign of Lauren.
Where the case stands today
Lauren’s family is still searching for her. Shortly after she went missing, Lauren was featured in a segment of “America’s Most Wanted” which brought in 350 tips but unfortunately no breakthroughs in the case. National pleas from celebrities such as Denise Richards and Donnie Wahlberg were made for anyone with information to come forward. Last year, a TikTok surfaced to say they had information on her disappearance. While nothing credible was found, Lauren’s mom shared that she forwards all leads to authorities in hopes that one will lead to answers.
With so much construction in a college town, the area where Lauren disappeared is almost unrecognizable from 10 years ago. Did you attend Indiana University in 2011? Did you see someone matching her description 9n the early morning of June 3 at the corner of 11th Street and College Ave?
If you have any information regarding Lauren’s disappearance please contact email@example.com, Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.