Last Person To See Missing Westchester Student Lauren Spierer Reportedly Submits DNA Sample

'America's Most Wanted' To Feature Spierer's Case

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — There were new developments Friday in the case of missing college student Lauren Spierer, of Westchester County.

Corey Rossman, said to be the last person seen with Spierer, reportedly submitted a DNA sample to police in Bloomington, Indiana. Rossman is one of 10 people labeled “a person of interest” in the case.

However, according to a published report, Rossman’s lawyer, Carl Salzmann, has not confirmed whether a DNA sample was given. He would only confirm that his client is cooperating with authorities without getting into the specifics.

Police have said Spierer, who attends Indiana University and is from Greenburgh, was last seen by a friend — who they did not name — as she walked to a corner near his apartment about 4:30 a.m. June 3. They have dismissed media reports that Spierer was involved in a fight the night she vanished.

However, Salzmann said his client was punched in the face by someone at her apartment complex. Salzmann said Rossman doesn’t know who punched him and doesn’t remember the incident or what happened after.

Salzmann also claims Rossman was not the last person to see Spierer. He said Spierer accompanied Rossman to his apartment after he was hit, his roommate put him to bed and she left. The roommate and others saw her hours later, the attorney said.

Police have searched Rossman’s Jeep Grand Cherokee and examined his credit card and cell phone records, Salzmann said.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi With Comment From Bloomington Police Lt. Bill Parker

Meanwhile, Spierer’s disappearance is set to be featured on the TV show America’s Most Wanted Saturday as crews and volunteers continued to look for the missing 20-year-old.

According to the America’s Most Wanted website, Bloomington Police say Lauren and Rossman, left a bar together that night and were seen on surveillance cameras returning to Lauren’s apartment building around 2:40 a.m.

But police say the two never went upstairs and eventually left the building to go to a friend’s apartment a few blocks away, according to AMW.

Hundreds of volunteers continued to help in the search and on Thursday, divers scoured an Indiana lake for a second day.

A $100,000 reward has also been offered for her safe return.

If you know anything about Lauren’s disappearance, call 1-800-CRIME-TV.

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  1. Deepak says:

    I will never drink in the bar and walk alone, being a guy, I was attacked and robbed by robbers, while I was in malaysia. After that If I will drink, I will buy bottle and take it in my room, and I never leave my room also in that day. There are more animals or criminals in the street anywhere.. It is not good to drink and walk or drive alone to home especially in night.,

  2. james says:

    Maybe check all of the manhole covers in the area, you know, those black lids in the street that are opened for access to the underground sewer.

  3. Ann Marie Wilkinson says:

    That is really not very helpful . You are now placing the blame on the victim and that is a very sexist comment. We all make mistakes and when we are young we make alot of mistakes,this is how we learn. But making a mistake should not end with a result like this. Positive words are helpful .

  4. Gregory says:

    Why didn’t this guy walk her home? Who lets a tired, confused, semi-sober woman walk alone at 4:30 AM. Unfortunately, the outcome does not look very hopeful.

  5. BPK says:

    I DON’T MEAN TO SOUND SEXIST, BUT WHEN ARE WOMEN GOING REALIZE THAT AFTER A NIGHT OF DRINKING/USING SUBSTANCES THAT THEY CAN NOT WALK ALONE/BE ALONE BY THEMSELVES ANYWHERE, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT. THIS STORY REPEATS ITSELF EVERY SO OFTEN, IN EVERY AREA (URBAN, SUBURBS, RURAL). ALSO, THE RESPONSIBILITY FALLS ON THEIR FRIENDS TOO

    1. franky says:

      Yeah. Your right. As a matter of fact, stay at home in the closet and never go out.

    2. stupidity is an epidemic says:

      If you don’t want to sound sexist, maybe you should shut up. No one said she was drunk. She was coherent enough to walk her friend to his apartment after he was punched. People do make mistakes in judgement at that age, however, if there wasn’t some psychotic freak out there kidnapping girls then this wouldn’t have happened. Sober people disappear walking down the road all the time across the country, we just don’t hear about it. put the blame where blame is due, on the sick freak that took her.

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