Bloomington, Ind.—Bloomington police have received more than 1,000 tips but still don’t have any hard evidence that has lead them to Lauren Spierer two weeks after the investigation began.
Fox59 News took a closer look at the entire investigation Friday, beginning with day one.
Friends of 20 year old lauren spierer could not find her. It was Friday June 3. Missing posters went up and the search began. June 6, the IU student’s parents flew into Bloomington from New York.
Police admitted that Monday that they suspected foul play. We learned Lauren, who has a life threatening heart condition, was last seen after 4:30 a.m. that Friday. She was last seen walking barefoot towards her apartment building following a night out with friends. The college student’s cell phone and shoes were recovered from Kilroy's, a local bar, where they have a sand pit.
From that day forward, family, friends and strangers would search for Lauren, morning, afternoon, and night. Bloomington police assigned an officer to help coordinate the volunteer effort as they spoke with 10 people of interest. None were identified as suspects.
By Tuesday, June 7, we would come to know Lauren’s father and the young woman he described as fun and full of life.
Multiple law enforcement agencies got involved, including the FBI.
That same night, police broke down two doors inside Lauren’s apartment building to get access to surveillance video. They had a search warrant but the doors were locked.
Lauren was seen coming into Smallwood Plaza and then seen leaving around 2:40 a.m. with a man who Fox59 learned was Corey Rossman.
Two different people told police they saw Lauren after that. She apparently told a man she wanted to go home and he watched her walk away.
June 8, Interviews continued and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children joined the investigation. We were told polygraph tests may soon be given.
"Nothing is too small, nothing is too insignificant," Robert Spierer said in a press conference that day.
Fox59 would learn through Corey Rossman's attorney, that Rossman was with Lauren in Smallwood where there was a fight the night she disappeared. The two then left for his apartment building.
June 9, a witness came forward and told Fox59 News that Rossman had been punched by frat brothers of Lauren’s boyfriend, Jesse Wolff, in the fifth floor elevator lobby of her building.
"Someone punches you in the head you have the possibility of a concussion," Salzmann said.
A man identified as Jay Rosenbaum also told police he was the one who watched Lauren walk away from his apartment building around 4:30 a.m. June 3. Rosenbaum lives at Five North Townhomes, the same building where Rossman lives.
June 10, Bloomington police mentioned the need for DNA samples. They also spoke about the last place video cameras caught Lauren behind Five North Townhomes in an alley after 3:00 a.m. That is where they found her keys and a small coin purse.
June 11, specialized search team Texas Equusearch arrived in Bloomington, the FBI set up a new system for gathering tips and America’s Most Wanted aired a segment on Lauren.
June 14, volunteer search parties would only go out twice a day but police canvassed Lauren’s neighborhood. Some neighbors said it was the first time they had been questioned.
June 15, for the first time, a picture showed Lauren that night along with two surveillance pictures of a mysterious white Chevy pickup truck. Police described the truck as a short bed with fancy wheels and a logo on the side and back. It was seen twice at 11th and College. That’s the intersection where the 20 year old was last seen.
June 17, police were called to Lauren’s apartment building. They removed a bag of clothes and a shoe box that was found left behind a dumpster inside.
Lauren's father made an emotional plea during Friday's news conference.
"We all know this Sunday is Father's Day. I would ask any of the children out there to let your parents know, please let your parents know how much you love them. Parents, let your children know how much you love them," Robert Spierer said.
"The greatest gift Robby could get is to find Lauren," Charlene Spierer said.
Lauren Spierer is described as approximately four feet, 11 inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blonde hair, longer than shoulder length. The 20-year-old had just finished her sophomore year at IU. Anyone with information should call Bloomington police at 812-339-4477.
Spierer's mother Charlene Spierer said Lauren has a life-threatening heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. Her mother has asked if anyone knows where Lauren is, to please take her to a hospital.