Bloomington, Ind.—Witnesses to an altercation that happened right before IU student Lauren Spierer disappeared spoke out Thursday night as search efforts continued.
Spierer hasn't been seen since 4:30 a.m. Friday, June 3, when a man identified as Jay Rosenbaum told Bloomington Police he saw the 20-year-old co-ed walk away from his apartment in the 200 block of 11th Street. He said Spierer turned the corner at College Avenue to head south toward her apartment three blocks away at Smallwood Plaza.
It was approximately two hours earlier, at 2:40 a.m., a witness told Fox59 News that Spierer and a friend, Corey Rossman, returned to her apartment building after closing down Kilroy's Sports Bar.
This witness told Fox59 News that Spierer appeared intoxicated and Rossman was paying what could be described as, "inappropriate," attention to her.
According to his attorney, Corey Rossman woke up with a sore jaw, bruises on his face and little knowledge about what had happened the night before.
"Someone punches you in the head, you have the possibility of a concussion," Attorney Carl Salzmann said.
Whether he knew it or not, apartment officials said Rossman was not to be allowed inside.
"We do have a no trespass list that does exist. There is a list of people who have historically caused problems here and our security folks keep track of them," they said.
Still, Rossman was in the fifth floor lobby of the apartment building just before Spierer disappeared when a witness said he was punched by a friend of Jesse Wolff’s. Wolff is Spierer’s boyfriend.
During a news conference Thursday, Bloomington Police maintained Lauren was not involved in that situation but they would not say whether she was near it.
"All of our information, including video and interviews, indicates Lauren was not involved in any altercation," said Lt. Bill Parker of the Bloomington Police Department.
But Parker wouldn't get specific when asked if that meant Lauren wasn't present during the altercation.
"I’m not saying that. I'm not saying anything else about it," said Parker.
When asked if they were looking into the altercation and whether it had anything to do with the whole situation, Parker responded, "of course, we're looking into everything we can."
Police did say the last video of Lauren shows her leaving Smallwood with a young man, going to his nearby apartment.
According to witnesses, Rossman is that young man.
"The videos do show her going towards the other apartment, but there's not video directly on that apartment, so that's the last video we have," explained Parker.
Rossman’s apartment at 5 North Townhomes is across the gravel parking lot from where a set of keys were found Friday morning.