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The Strange Disappearance of Lauren Spierer

by Lawrence Lease 5 months ago in investigation
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The night she vanished, Spierer had reportedly appeared very intoxicated.

The Strange Disappearance of Lauren Spierer
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Imagine missing a person you love but not knowing what really happened to them. Imagine living the rest of your life looking for answers and those answers neverr come. Imagine going to sleep each night and hoping for a lite-night phone call with some answers. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many families all over the world. Now imagine not knowing whether or not your loved one is actually dead.

Your loved one could have been taken by someone and still alive, somewhere... The lack of answers can hurt as much as someone's death. Before i get to the meat of the story, imagine yourself or some you love at 20 years of age. You've lived a good life, experienced new things, you're healthy, energetic, excited about what lies ahead. But suddenly it's over. You've been kidnapped? You've been murdered? You're hiding somewhere. There are no naswerss to these questions. All you and your loved ones could see was a bright and happy future ahead of you, but in a blink of an eye, all of those dreams were taken away and sadness envelops those who's left behind.

I'm telling you the story of the strange and mysterious disappearance of Lauren Spierer. Right now, let's get over some background information and what happened that night.

Lauren Spierer was born on January 17th, 1991, which means she would have just turned 31 this year. Her parents Charlene and Robert Spierer, was at a stay-at-home mom, while her father was an accountant. She had a pretty normal life growing up in Scarsdale, New York. Lauren attended and graduated from Edgemont High School in 2009 and then enrolled at Indiana University in the summer.

While we don't know much about her goals for the future, we do know she majored in textiles merchandising. This leads us to believe she was into fashion and marketing, with a bright future ahead of her.

Along with classes, Lauren became active in the Jewish community at her college.She was very involved in the community and even spent Spring Break planting trees in Israel. Lauren met her boyfriend at Camp Towanda, a summer camp in Pennsylvania. That all seems like the perfect American college experience, and it truly was, but sadly things went in a direction nobody wanted to.

Lauren spent a fun evening at Kilroy's Sports Bar in Bloomington, Indiana on June 3rd, 2011. Lauren disappeared and no one ever saw her again. Her disappearance was quickly covered by national and local news. Lauren was presumed dead, with her case growing cold and still remains unsolved. We need to look more into Lauren's time at Kilroy's Sports Bar.

Lauren was drinking with several friends, not including her boyfriend Jesse Wolff. He was texting Lauren throughout the night until he went to bed. Witnesses say that Lauren was drunk and could barely stand on her feet. Things were definitely getting out of control. The following details of events come from eyewitnesses' statements and surveillance footage. The attempted to recreate the sequence of events, but could not connect it all at the end.

Thursday Night/Friday Morning

Witnesses say Lauren left her apartment on Thursday night with David Rohn, her friend. They then went to Jay Rosenbaum's apartment and met with Cory Rossman, the neighbor.

Lauren enters Kilroy's Sports Bar. A few hours later, Lauren leaves with Cory, but she left her shoes and cellphone at the bar, which shows us how drunk she is. Cory walked her to her apartment complex.

Lauren is spotted at the apartment complex. A witness saw how drunk she was and asked if she was okay. Despite being drunk, she managed to exit the complex and go down an alley between College Avenue and Morton Street, but moments later cameras showed her leaving the alley and walking towards an empty lot. Her keys and purse were discovered in this area. Lauren and Cory went back to his apartment shortly after that. Cory's roommate saw how drunk they were and took him to bed, but Lauren said she wanted to go back to her place.

Cory ended up calling his neighbor Jay, who was previously with Lauren and asked him to take care of her. Jay saw a bruise under Lauren's eye and was concerned, but he thought it came from a drunken fall. She was too drunk, so she couldn't recall how she got the bruise. She attempted call two of her friends, but neither of them answered.

Lauren then leaves Jay's apartment at 4:30 a.m. and this is the last time there is any camera footage of Lauren, which was at the intersection of 11th Street and College Avenue.

On Friday morning, Lauren's boyfriend sent a text to her phone and received a message back from an employee at the bar. He then reported her missing and she was never seen again.

Police immediately started investigating around the area, but never found hard evidence. Police had arrested a man named Daniel Messel for the murder of a Indiana University student, but was not a suspect to Lauren's murder. The F.B.I. eventually got involved but they also could not find any trace of Lauren.

While her disappearance has left police stumped, there are three theories as what could have happened.

Theory #1: Accidental Overdose

Lauren was a drug user and had gotten in trouble because of drugs multiple times. When police searched her room, they discovered cocaine in her room. The police believe she overdosed and died somewhere around the area, but was covered by something and was never found.

Theory #2: Stranger Abduction

This is a serious problem, that still exists. After last being spotted on cameras, she could have been grabbed by someone and kidnapped. When that happens, the odds of escaping are really slow.

The case remains unsolved, while the media still talks about it and police are still looking for her. However, the odds of finding answers and the person responsible get lower and lower as the day goes by.

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About the author

Lawrence Lease

Alaska born and bred, Washington DC is my home. I'm also a freelance writer. Love politics and history.

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