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Monday, April 27, 2015

What really happened to Lauren Spierer?

For Lauren Spierer, June 3rd 2015, will mark four years and thousands of dead-end tips since she disappeared without a trace from Bloomington Indiana, after a calamitous night of booze and drugs and carousing:

Some people theorize that this now-famous missing person was murdered, and her body dumped someplace.

Others believe the petite young blonde was abducted while staggering home to her nearby apartment.

They're the ones holding out hope that she may still be alive today, albeit living a desperate existence as somebody's hostage and sex slave.

After all, things like that have been known to happen from time to time, as Ariel Castro and his Cleveland kidnappings of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus prove.

But I don't think such a fate befell young Lauren Spierer.  She wasn't as lucky...

 

missing IU student Lauren Spierer
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The parents of missing person Lauren Spierer filed a lawsuit this week against the trio of young men who were last seen with their daughter on the day that she vanished: 

Robert and Charlene Spierer claim that the negligence of Corey Rossman, Mike Beth and Jay Rosenbaum -- who all lawyered up within hours of Spierer being reported as missing -- is what ultimately "resulted in her disappearance, death, or injury."

Attorneys representing the Spierers say a statute of limitations barring such a civil action was bound to kick in soon and, since the young woman still remains unaccounted for, they felt legally compelled to file suit for the wrongful acts of these former students.

All three defendants named in the suit had either admitted to being with a grossly inebriated Spierer the day she vanished without a trace, or were witnessed by others as being in her company in the hours before she went missing.

Many fellow revelers that evening had observed Spierer -- bruised from repeatedly falling down and practically incoherent -- being escorted and even carried at times by her three male comrades. 

However, all the men insist that Spierer somehow made a full recovery later on, then left their apartment for her own, barefoot, at around four in the morning. After which, they say they don't know what may have happened to her.

One of the youths in fact has alleged amnesia: He was punched in the face earlier that fateful night by an interceder who apparently hoped to convince him, through physical force, to take the visibly incapacitated woman safely back to her home so she could sleep it off.

He declined to do so, unfortunately, and Lauren Spierer continued to party with Rossman, Beth, and Rosenbaum for several more hours.

The Spierers insist none of those key players have ever been 100 percent forthright about the predawn events which led up to their daughter's disappearance, and they now firmly believe she never left the youths' apartment at all.
(0riginal story above published on the 2-year anniversary of Spierer's disappearance)
6/28/13 9:17 AM


Friday, April 17, 2015

MISSING PERSON ALERT: Alexander Odell

Missing person Alexander Odell, 23, was last seen near his house in Pekin, Illinois on April 14, 2015. He has not been seen or heard from since.

The young man has a wife and a new baby. His loved ones say it is entirely "unlike Alexander to be away from his family."
 
Odell lives on the 600 block of Market Street in downtown Pekin, and is believed to have left that residence on Tuesday morning at around 9 a.m.

When the 23-year-old didn't return by Thursday a missing person report was filed for him.

Alexander Odell missing

Alexander Odell may be in danger, investigators think. They ask that anyone who sees him or knows what could have happened to prevent him from returning home again call the Pekin Illinois police at 346-3132.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

R.I.P. Ken Gruno (missing found drowned)

Michigan's missing man Ken Gruno, 27, was finally located this week, three months after he vanished without a trace from an Otisville pub where he'd been celebrating Christmas with good friends.

His body was just found partially submerged in a shallow pond, and a medical examiner says the Air Force veteran "accidentally" drowned there somehow.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Paul Kochu Found Drowned

Paul Kochu has been found drowned, roughly three months after the 22-year-old nurse vanished during a night out with his roommates that left him mysteriously injured. 

Pittsburgh police say they were contacted about a body floating in the Ohio River and that it was positively identified as the missing man through dental records.

An autopsy was performed but the results have not yet been publicly released, and the cause and manner of death are still unknown.

The family of Paul Kochu had conducted numerous searches for him in the Pittsburgh area and even offered a missing person reward for help in solving his case.

They've released the following statement:

"It is with heavy hearts and unspeakable sadness that we learned today of the death of our beloved son and brother, Paul. These are circumstances no family ever dream of coping with. Though we are left with many questions, what we know for sure is Paul was the light of our lives, and we will not be the same without him.

"Paul loved Pittsburgh. Having traveled here repeatedly over the past four months as we held out hope in the search for Paul, it is clear to us why the community was so dear to him, In addition to family and friends, countless strangers embraced us and offered their love and support in helping us during this difficult time. There are no adequate words to express the gratitude we feel towards the Pittsburgh community."





Thursday, March 19, 2015

David Bird Has Been Found Drowned - 1 Year Later?

"Missing man David Bird has been found drowned today," may be a New Jersey coroner's official finding by the end of the week:

A body just retrieved from a river near where the 55-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter was said to have gone walking when he vanished is now pending formal identification and notification of relatives.

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Bird was last seen on January 11, 2014. His family had offered a $10,000 reward for any information about what may have happened to him or his whereabouts, but nothing ever came of their search.

"This is the first lead of any kind," a family spokesperson said today.

Many waterways merge in the area that the supposed body of David Bird has been found drowned in. But, still, the odds that, one full year later, his corpse would resurface there -- or be found at all -- is both forensically and statistically improbable.

Which, if it truly is the missing man himself, makes one wonder how long the deceased was actually in the water ... and who put him there?