The latest missing person case to capture the attention of the national media also has a sadly local link. Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old student at Indiana University from Greenburgh, New York has been missing since June 3, and was last seen at 4:15 a.m. on a drunken night. The latest obstacle in the case comes from Spierer’s friend, Corey Rossman, who spent much of the night with her, but now says he was punched and remembers very little.
“We don’t know who, why or what was said, but that punch or punches caused him a temporary memory loss,” said Rossman’s lawyer.
Security cameras show Spierer leaving a sports bar to head home with Rossman, and then Rossman’s fight with someone at the Smallwood Plaza apartment complex in Bloomington. Spierer brought Rossman home, and then went to another friend’s apartment, which she left around 4:30 a.m., according to ABC News.
The New York Daily News, meanwhile, reports that Rossman was the last person to see Spierer. Rossman was reportedly questioned by police and given a lie detector test. Spierer’s longterm boyfriend has also been questioned.
Though Spierer left her cell phone and shoes at the bar, her keys “were found a block away from where she was last seen.”
Spierer was set to return to New York for an internship at Anthropologie after completing her sophomore year. Her parents have traveled from Westchester to Indiana to help in the search and are offering a $100,000 reward for their daughter’s safe return. Find more info on the search here.