Bloomington, Ind.—Bloomington police confirmed information first reported by Fox59 News last week about evidence discovered in the investigation of the disappearance of an IU student. Bloomington Police Captain Joseph Qualters told reporters Lauren Spierer's keys were found on the railing of an apartment building near where she was last seen June 3rd.
Surveillance cameras may provide important clues as to the young woman's disappearance, police say.
"I believe that was in the area of 3:15, 3:30," said Capt. Qualters. "That would be somewhere north of 10th Street."
It is believed Spierer was accompanied by Corey Rossman who lives at 5 North Townhomes. A witness told Fox59 News Rossman was punched during a confrontation in the 5th floor elevator lobby of Spierer's apartment building at approximately 2:45 a.m. That confrontation was with a group of friends of Spierer's boyfriend, Jesse Wolff.
Rossman's attorney, Carl Salzmann, told Fox59 News his client has no memory of the fight but was told that Spierer walked him home and turned him over to his roommate Mike Beth. Salzmann said Beth claims he put Rossman to bed while Spierer asked him if he wanted to party. Salzmann said when Beth demured, Spierer left Rossman's apartment to visit Jay Rosenbaum, a mutual friend, two doors down.
Rosenbaum reportedly told police Spierer left at approximately 4:30 a.m. to walk home and he last saw her near 11th Street and College Avenue.
Rosenbaum is represented by noted Indianapolis defense attorney James Voyles. Wolff is being represented by Bloomington attorney Larry Lozano. Rossman and Beth have given DNA samples to Bloomington police. Sources indicated to Fox59 News that Wolff is at his parents' home in Port Washington, New York, though Bloomington police are confident that all persons of interest, even those currently not in Bloomington, will voluntarily agree to give statements to investigators.
"Obviously there are a lot of friends and associates of Lauren who will be able to provide us with information," said Qualters. "We have an indication that the individuals who are not available will make themselves available to us (in the coming week) and we're encouraged by that."
Qualters indicated that persons of interest (there are 10 so far) could provide DNA samples to agencies other than the Bloomington Police Department. Friends and a roommate of Lauren Spierer have told Fox59 News that she intended to stay home the night of June 2nd. Other neighbors have told Fox59 News that shortly after midnight on the morning of June 3rd she was looking for someone to accompany her to the bar. Investigators believe Rossman joined Spierer in visiting Kilroy's Sports Bar where she left behind her shoes and cell phone. Her boyfriend, Wolff, is reported to have spent the evening watching basketball and unsuccessfully attempting to reach Spierer.
Lauren's parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, arrived in Bloomington June 4th and have maintained a consistent presence at police news conferences and searches from their daughter's Smallwood Plaza apartment building. Robert Spierer reiterated a $100,000 reward for information leading to the location of his daughter. Investigators also indicated they had received upwards of 40 tips Saturday night after Lauren's case was profiled on the Fox program "America's Most Wanted."
"I want to say I have two things I want to accomplish today," she said. "My first thing to say is to the person that has Lauren or that has harmed Lauren. Shame on you. Shame on you. In relationship to that, the person that knows this person that's not coming forward with the information, I beg you to come forward. We're not looking to...we're just looking for your information," said Lauren's mom, Charlene Spierer, during a weekend news conference.
Confronted outside their apartment Sunday, Corey Rossman and Mike Beth denied their identities to Fox59 News, then complained that media coverage of the investigation was ruining their life. Rossman complained that while his vehicle was parked in a public parking that Fox59 News was violating his privacy and Beth threatened to call Bloomington police. Rossman then drove away.