Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

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Shaffer's missing poster

Brian Shaffer (born February 25, 1979)[1] was a medical student at Ohio State University. On the night of March 31, 2006, Shaffer went out with friends to celebrate the beginning of spring break. He was separated from them and they thought he had gone home. Shaffer has not been seen or heard from since. The case has received national media attention.[2]

Columbus police have several theories about what happened;[3] some interest and suspicion has been directed at a friend of Shaffer's who went with him that night but who has refused to take lie detector tests about the incident.[4]

While foul play has been suspected, including the possible involvement of the Smiley Face serial killer,[5] it has also been speculated that he might be alive and living somewhere else under a new identity.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Brian Randall Shaffer". The Charley Project. May 10, 2009. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  2. Stafford, Rob (May 8, 2006). "Into thin air". Dateline NBC. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  3. Sullivan, Michelle (September 2014). "When Missing Persons Cases Go Cold". Columbus Monthly. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  4. Sullivan, Drew (April 12, 2009). "Is Brian Shaffer alive?". The Lantern. Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  5. Johnston, April (April 2009). "In the Name of the Father". Columbus Monthly. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  6. Miner, Abigail (October 12, 2008). "Brian Shaffer: Clue could lead to missing student". The Lantern. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.