Detectives working on a missing person case conduct their investigation at the mercy of the clues left behind.
While anybody can say the same thing to any other criminal investigation, one thing that makes the disappearance of an individual potentially more complex; the actual crime scene is harder to pinpoint.
The missing person’s “last seen” location does not always leave clues to the current whereabouts.
In some cases, investigators find no indication of foul play, searching even harder; no trace to follow, no person of interest identified. A missing person case can quickly become cold as detectives run out of leads to scrutinize.
It was just about an accurate description of the disappearance of Brian Shaffer. On April 1, 2006, he vanished without a trace during a celebration of the spring break with some friends in a bar in Columbus, Ohio.
Even the people who were supposed with him that day provided no reliable accounts as to his whereabouts. A long and extensive search for Brian has been fruitless. After more than 15 years, the case remains open.
10 /10 Barhop Fun
Brian Shaffer and Clint Florence arrived at Ugly Tuna Saloona, a bar at the South Campus Gateway in downtown Columbus, Ohio, sometime after 9 p.m.
Both were determined to spend the night out with friends celebrating the beginning of spring break.
About an hour later, Brian was seen talking to Alexis Waggoner, his girlfriend, who at that time was a second-year medical student at Ohio State University.
While the girlfriend was visiting her parents in Toledo, Brian was having fun barhopping with Clint.
9 /10 Back To Ugly Tuna
Starting from the Ugly Tuna Saloona, Brian and Clint made their way south from South Campus Gateway to Arena District.
At every stop, each had a shot of hard liquor. They moved back north to The Short North, from the Arena District, where they met Clint’s friend Meredith Reed.
All three had several shots before completing their round back to Ugly Tuna with Meredith as well.
Again at Ugly Tuna, the three were captured by a surveillance camera as they took the escalator to the second-floor bar and stepped inside. It was at 1:15 a.m.