New Book by Reporter Shawn Cohen Revisits Unsolved Disappearance of IU Student Lauren Spierer

By Jeremy Hogan

Bloomington, Indiana – May 28, 2024

Shawn Cohen, a former newspaper reporter who covered the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer has published a new book about the disappearance, which occurred in June 2011.

Here is what his publisher, Source Books says about the book:

“This book is the heartbreaking story that every parent dreads… Cohen sheds light on what really happened the night Lauren was never seen again.” —David Crow, author of The Pale-Faced Lie

According to a book preview, She visited friends. She walked to a bar. She was right there… until she was gone.
College student Lauren Spierer was pursuing her dreams, joining her boyfriend at a party school eight hundred miles from home. Social and gregarious, studying fashion and rooming with friends, Lauren embraced her new adventure with the zeal of a young woman who suddenly had everything she desired.
But there was a dark side that she and her inner circle kept secret. And one warm June evening, after heading out with friends, she seemingly vanished. When investigators retraced Lauren’s last steps using eyewitness accounts and security camera footage, the evidence ended at the doorstep of a group of wealthy, well-connected male students.
With original reporting including new testimony witnesses never shared with police, College Girl, Missing takes readers back to that fateful night and dives into the disappearance that captured front-page headlines around the world. Investigative journalist Shawn Cohen breaks more than a decade of silence as he pursues the truth: what really happened to Lauren Spierer?

The Bloomingtonian did not receive information about the book but tracked down the information, however, Bloomingtonian journalist Jeremy Hogan, also covered the story, and worked hours tracking down leads, and joining community members and investigators in searches in the city, around the city, and beyond. Hogan remembers the search like it was yesterday. He had been covering the state track and field high school meet that weekend as a staff photographer for the once family owned local newspaper, and spent most of Sunday recuperating from being in the heat for two long days. Meanwhile, that same weekend Spierer has disappeared. The city was mostly quiet that weekend, but some students had stuck around to party, and during that time Spierer disappeared.

By Monday, it was a national story, and the local paper was a bit behind. Every TV station in Indianapolis was already on the story. Local citizens joined in, along with members of the ROTC, and soon people from all over the country to look for Spierer. It was on CNN, and in People magazine, and private investigators from New York City even showed up, criiticizing the local police, who were very secretive at first, and said very little to the local media. Every day he would see Cohen working on the story as well.

Hogan, was at the former Smallwood when investigators removed computers, and also on numerous searches, worked one day 20 hours covering the story, and one day was in Terre Haute at a garbage dump, which was searched for the missing woman. Later even ghost hunters tried to find Spierer.

Cohen was one of the journalists who worked around the clock to cover the story, and now he has a new book, which will be interesting reading for anybody involved in the search for Spierer, who has never been found, and basically vanished without a trace after a night of partying with friends at a newly built apartment in the area of 11th and College in Bloomington, Indiana.

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