Judge’s decision to dismiss lawsuit in Lauren Spierer case won’t deter family’s search efforts

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By Russ McQuaid

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 1, 2014)-- Charlene Spierer told FOX59 News a federal judge's decision to dismiss her family's lawsuit against two former IU students won't stop the search for her daughter.

"Everyone still misses Lauren and we still want answers and more than anything we want to bring Lauren home," said the missing coed's mother.

Lauren Spierer, 23, disappeared June 3, 2011, near the 5 North Townhomes at 11th Street and Morton Avenue in Bloomington after a night of partying with friends.

Cody Rossman and Jason Rosenbaum were the last friends to see Lauren.

Rosenbaum said he watched the woman walked toward College Avenue in the dark.

Later that day Lauren's friends reported her missing to Bloomington Police, touching off a search that's taken more than three years and still has not discovered the whereabouts of the New York native.

"If I knew where the answer was I would get it in a heartbeat," said Charlene. "We are really going to have to come down to someone having a crisis of conscience and coming forward with various information that we need."

The Spierers filed suit against Rosenbaum and Rossman, arguing that they should have shouldered more responsibility for their daughter's well being.

U.S. District Judge Tonya Walton Pratt disagreed and dismissed the lawsuit.

"There is no evidence which would allow a jury to determine what happened to Lauren..." wrote the judge. "(The) Spierers are asking the trier of fact to make an assumption as to what happened to Lauren...

"This is...speculation...regarding what happened to Lauren.

"The Court has great sympathy for the Spierers."

The family sought to prove that th coed's level of intoxication, in the company of Rosenbaum and Rossman, rendered her incapable of fending off an attacker.

Judge Walton Pratt ruled that the lawsuit could not prove the intoxication was related to the disappearance.

"We'll never give up," said Charlene. "It's a bump in the road. We'll never stop looking for Lauren and looking for answers."

"We're not finished and we're moving forward."

The Spierers still cooperate with Bloomington police and insisted that they continue to follow up on tips and leads that still come in.

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