Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Disappearance of Lauren Spierer

Lauren Spierer vanished at the age of 20 during the early morning hours of June 3rd, 2011. She remains missing to this day. 

Lauren was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York. At the time of her disappearance, she was a student at Indiana University and was living in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauren spent the evening of June 2nd and the early morning hours of June 3rd drinking and partying with her friends. She was reportedly last seen leaving her friend Jay Rosenbaum's apartment around 4:30 AM. Lauren never made it back to her own apartment and was never seen or heard from again. 

There are many different reported witnesses/friends who saw and spoke to Lauren before she vanished. It was noted by many different people that Lauren was noticeably intoxicated in the hours leading up to her disappearance. She reportedly drank heavily that night and had also possibly snorted cocaine and/or pills. Throughout the night, Lauren lost her shoes, phone, purse, and keys. She also reportedly fell a few times and obtained bruises on her face and body. 

This information has been provided to investigators by the various witnesses/friends who saw her that night. From this information, investigators have been able to compile a detailed timeline of the events leading up to her disappearance. Despite this timeline, Lauren's fate remains a mystery. However, the timeline has led a few theories about what might have happened.

Before Lauren's disappearance.

Around 12:30 AM on June 3rd, witnesses saw Lauren leaving her apartment with her friend David Rohn. The pair then went to Jay Rosenbaum's apartment, where they also met up with fellow IU student Cory Rossman. The group then went to a local bar called Kilroy's around 1:45 AM. 

Lauren and Cory then left the bar around 2:30 AM. By this point, Lauren was quite intoxicated and reportedly left both her cell phone and shoes at the bar. After leaving Kilroy's, Lauren and Cory walked back to Lauren's apartment building. 
While there, they encountered another friend who noticed Lauren's level of intoxication and asked if she was okay. Cory and this friend reportedly got into a physical altercation during this interaction.

Cory and Lauren then left the building shortly thereafter. Around 2:50 AM, security cameras captured Lauren walking through an alley between College Avenue and Morton Street. Her purse and keys would later be found in said alley. 

A few minutes later, Lauren and Cory arrived at Cory's apartment. Cory's roommate noticed that both of them were very intoxicated. The roommate helped escort Cory to his bed, and also tried to persuade Lauren to spend the night at the apartment. Lauren reportedly refused and said she would eventually return to her own apartment.

However, by 3:30 AM, Lauren returned to Jay Rosenbaum's apartment. While there, Jay noticed that Lauren had a bruise under her eye. It's presumed that Lauren got the bruise from a fall earlier that night, but she reportedly was unable to tell Jay how she got it. 

According to Jay, Lauren left his apartment on foot around 4:30 AM. He said that he last saw her walking southbound towards College Avenue. This is the last reported sighting of Lauren, and she has never been seen or heard from again. Lauren's boyfriend, Jesse Wolff, reported her missing the following day after he was unable to get ahold of her. 

Theories on Lauren's disappearance.

In the years following Lauren's disappearance, three main theories have been established about what might have happened. One theory is that Lauren was taken advantage of by an opportunist. It's known that Lauren was intoxicated that night. It's possible that she crossed paths with the wrong person on her walk back to her apartment. 

Another theory is that Lauren came to harm at the hands of somebody she knew and trusted. It's been reported that certain people who were interviewed after Lauren's disappearance were unable to provide a verifiable alibi. Despite this, investigators have never formally identified anyone as a suspect.

The third theory is that Lauren died accidentally that night. She was intoxicated, and she was also suffering from a heart condition that required her to take daily medication. It's been speculated that Lauren possibly passed away at some point during the night, and the individuals who were with her disposed of her body to avoid being implicated in her death. 

None of these theories have been confirmed, however investigators believe it is likely that Lauren encountered one of these three scenarios. She remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact the Bloomington PD at 812-339-4477.

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