June 28, 2011 -- Twenty-year-old Jason Rosenbaum has become the center of attention in the search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer. Rosenbaum was the last person to admit seeing Spierer before she disappeared in the early hours of June 3.
So eyebrows rose when Rosenbaum hired a high-profile Indianapolis lawyer and reports surfaced that he had left his Bloomington condo in the middle of search efforts.
However, Rosenbaum's attorney, James Voyles, is denying speculation about his client's less-than-forthcoming behavior.
Voyles released a statement yesterday afternoon declaring his client's cooperation: "Mr. Rosenbaum has fully cooperated with the investigation of the disappearance of Lauren Spierer and will continue to do so. He has provided full statements to the police and passed a polygraph that has also been provided to authorities. Mr. Rosenbaum hopes for nothing less than Lauren to be found and to be safe."
Voyles did not respond to messages left inquiring whether his client had submitted DNA samples or why Rosenbaum felt the need to get a lawyer.
Rosenbaum is one of at least ten persons of interest in the case. Others include her boyfriend, Jesse Wolff, and fellow students David Rohn, Corey Rossman and Mike Beth. DNA samples have been collected from some of the persons of interest, according to the Bloomington police department.
At a press conference last week, Bloomington Police Capt. Joe Qualters said, "Nobody that has been mentioned in this investigation has been cleared."
According to a report in the New York Post, Spierer and Rosenbaum have been connected for a long time. Their respective grandparents lived on the same street in Rockland County, N.Y. for almost 20 years. The Rosenbaum family could not be reached for comment.
The search for Spierer has had an enormous social media presence and this continued with reports about Rosenbaum. People on Twitter have been demanding that Rosenbaum speak and be investigated, and a blog called "Jay Rosenbaum Needs To Talk" has been created.
All of this comes after police and Spierer's family publicly expressed frustration last week at the lack of information from Spierer's friends.
Capt. Joe Qualters said the words "perplexing," "curious" and "disturbing" might be the adjectives chosen to describe Spierer's friends' behavior. "All in all, I think I'd probably characterize it as unfortunate," Qualters said.
"I am extremely disappointed by the fact that only one of Lauren's friends has called the Bloomington Police Department with any information," Spierer's mom, Charlene Spierer, said at the news conference.
"Why?" Charlene Spierer asked, "I guarantee you Lauren would have been the first to call."
Last Saturday was "Find Lauren Day" in Bloomington and more than 500 volunteers came out to search for the missing student, but no new information was reported.
A $120,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Spierer. Her parents are offering $100,000, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is offering $10,000, and Spierer's apartment complex is offering $10,000.
The petite blonde is 4'11" and weighs less than 100 pounds and has been missing for 25 days after a night out with friends in Bloomington.