While the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old Indiana University student who vanished on June 3, 2011, remains a mystery, the missing woman’s parents are claiming in court that the men who saw her last were responsible for taking care or her that night.
The claim is part of a wrongful death suit brought by the parents of Lauren Spierer, but on Monday, the men in court filings denied any responsibility for her, The Indianapolis Star reports..
Corey Rossman was a friend of Lauren Spierer who accompanied her to Kilroy’s Sports Bar earlier in the evening. Rossman walked Lauren Spierer back to Smallwood Plaza, where she lived in a fifth-floor apartment, at about 2:30 am. According to a timeline in The Bloomington Herald-Times, the women entered the building but did not go to her apartment.
She was seen on surveillance video leaving the complex again at 2:42 am. She had reportedly left her cell phone and shoes at the bar, where the floor was covered in sand in keeping with the bar’s “beach” theme.
Rossman has said that he was not the last person to see Lauren Spierer before her disappearance. That, he claims, was Jay Rosenbaum, another IU student who lived two doors down in the building from Rossman.
Rosenbaum reported seeing Lauren Spierer walking south on College Avenue, in the direction of Kilroy’s Sports Bar, at about 4:30 am. At the time, she was still wearing no shoes.
Both Rossman and Rosenbaum denied the Spierer family’s claim that had a “duty of care” toward her after Lauren Spierer spent the night drinking and partying. But in their court filings, both men — neither of whom is still enrolled at Indiana University — said that whatever happened to Lauren Spierer that night was her own responsibilty, and that of the sports bar that served her alcohol.
The bar is not named in the lawsuit by the family of Lauren Spierer.
A judge in December threw out the Spierer family’s wrongful death claim in the lawsuit, but U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt allowed the lawsuit to continue with the charge that the men with Lauren Spierer that night were negligent because they gave her alcohol even though the knew she was already drunk.
The disappearance of Lauren Spierer remains unsolved and under investigation. In July of 2012, a skull was found in the White River, but it was later determined not to be that of Lauren Spierer.