Lauren Spierer was a sophomore at Indiana University when she disappeared June 3, 2011 after a night of partying in downtown Bloomington.
The three men who last saw her alive, fellow students Corey Rossman, Mike Beth and Jay Rosenbaum, are the targets of a lawsuit from Spierer's parents, who say the men's negligence led to her "disappearance, death or injury."
A lawyer for Spierer's parents said the lawsuit was also filed to keep some legal avenues open in the search for the missing woman, who would be 22 if she were still alive.
"Rob and Charlene Spierer authorized the filing of this lawsuit with great reluctance and only after we counseled them that they would lose certain legal rights if not exercised by the two-year anniversary of Lauren’s disappearance," said attorney Jason Barclay. "We hope no one will misinterpret this action."
"Any parent in search of information about a missing child would use every resource available to them," he said. "Therefore, we intend to use the rights afforded by the civil justice system to obtain answers to questions that have gone unanswered for too long. We fully expect that those with relevant information will cooperate with this process."
Through video surveillance and interviews with the three men, police have been able to piece together Spierer's last known hours. After leaving a bar around 2:30 a.m., she went to her own apartment building, then to the apartment complex where Rossman, Beth and Rosenbaum lived. She was last seen leaving their building, without her shoes or phone.
The Spierers have expressed doubts about the truth of Rossman, Beth and Rosenbaum's story, particularly a disparity between how intoxicated she appeared to be entering their building, and when she left later on her own.
"For her to recover in such a short period of time, call it an hour or more, doesn’t make sense to me," Rob Spierer said.