Lauren Spierer's parents clear persons of interest from daughter's disappearance

Lauren Spierer's parents said they have ruled out several persons of interest in the disappearance of their daughter.


The parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer announced Thursday that they have ruled out several persons of interest in the disappearance of their daughter. It was the first time Charlene and Robert Spierer have publicly eliminated potential suspects.

When we met up with the Spierers in Bloomington, they said it had been a rough week. They had to spend Lauren's 21st birthday without her, and it was harder than the phone call they received when she vanished from Bloomington.

"I would have to say it was the hardest day of my life," said Robert Spierer, Lauren's father.

The couple is back in Bloomington, still hopeful someone, something will lead them to Lauren.

"It's perpetually sad," said Charlene Spierer, Lauren's mother. I miss her every single day. I wake up and think 'Oh God, again today.'"
Since June 3, when Lauren was last seen, police have focused on five Indiana University students, all deemed"persons of interest."
The Spierers wanted more help and hired New York private detectives, led by former NYPD cop Bo Dietl. The private investigators said they have spoken to four of the persons of interest, including Lauren's boyfriend, Jesse Wolff.

"Have I ruled out Jesse?" asked Robert Spierer. "I am comfortable saying he had nothing to do with it."

Spierer also doesn't think David Rohn, Lauren's close friend, had anything to do with her disappearance. He spoke to the private investigators, and so did Jay Rosenbaum, one of the last people to see Lauren.

The family's biggest questions remain about Corey Rossman. The private investigators interviewed his roommate Mike Beth, but the Spierers said Rossman isn't talking.

He previously told police that he has no memory of the night after he got punched in the face inside Lauren's apartment building.
"I don't believe he had any amnesia and I don't think he is telling the truth," said Charlene.

As for the theories, the Spierers don't know what to believe.

"I don't know whether she was kidnapped," said Robert Spierer.

What about reports she may have used cocaine?  With her rare heart condition, could she have accidentally overdosed?  The parents have talked with her friends and said that wasn't Lauren. Instead, Robert has another theory.
"Maybe someone put something in her drink," said Robert.

Lauren was at Kilroy's in the hours before she disappeared. She left her shoes there and her cell phone.

Eight months later, her parents worry people don't see her as a vibrant person but instead, just a face on a poster.

"To Lauren, to be a picture is just painful," said Robert.

A week ago, the pain reached a new level. A false post on Twitter revealed Lauren's body was found in Brown County, but it wasn't true.

"It's incredibly cruel," said Charlene. "It's one of the worst moments."

Even though the Spierers know the chances their daughter is still alive are slim, they want to know what happened.

"If I could walk away with Lauren, I will be forever grateful." said Charlene.

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