BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --- The student who was with Lauren Spierer in the hours before her disappearance has no memory of their last moments together, his lawyer told The Journal News of Westchester, N.Y. on Wednesday night.
Corey Rossman, Spierer's companion early Friday, was punched in the face after the two returned to her apartment building, Smallwood Plaza.
"At Smallwood, someone confronted them," said his lawyer, Carl Salzmann, the former Monroe County prosecutor.
"He got punched in the face. He has no memory of that, or of the 15 minutes leading to that moment. The first memory he has is the next morning when he wakes up in his bed, and that's (corroborated) by several people."
Police have said Spierer was with the student -- whom they have not identified -- at a nearby bar and that the two were seen on videotape returning to her residence about 2:30 a.m. They then left the building about 10 minutes later, police said.
"She was helping him home at that point," Salzmann said, because Rossman had been punched.
The two then went to a building complex up the street, where Rossman lives. Police have said she visited two apartments there. Salzmann said there was another "confrontation" that morning at Rossman's building, but he would not elaborate.
Spierer was last seen rounding a corner on her way back to her apartment -- a half-mile away -- about 4:15 a.m. Salzmann said Rossman was not the last one to see Spierer that morning; three or four others saw her after Rossman.
Asked what he thinks happened to Spierer, he said, "I have my theory.
"I hope they follow all the leads we've given."
Video footage from security cameras at Lauren Spierer's apartment building show her and several men in an argument that morning.
"My daughter and these other boys are on the video," Spierer's father, Robert, said Wednesday.
"There was an altercation between the boy my daughter was with and some boys here at Smallwood."
Robert Spierer said he did not see the video himself.
No one answered the door at Rossman's apartment Wednesday night.
Spierer vanished early Friday after a long night of partying with friends. The 20-year-old fashion student at Indiana University grew up in Westchester County, N.Y.
Robert Spierer said he has spoken with several of his daughter's friends, but not the young man who accompanied her through the early hours of Friday morning.
Contacted Wednesday, police would not discuss Robert Spierer's description of the video. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Lt. Bill Parker said police are expanding their search and employing lie-detector tests.