Cold Case File: Brian Shaffer from Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO. AUGUST 15, 2020. COLD CASE FILE. YOUR HELP IS SOUGHT IN HELPING SOLVE A MYSTERY. Among the many cold cases for missing persons, one of the most mysterious is that of a second year Ohio State University Medical School student.

Brian Randall Shaffer was last seen in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the Ugly Tuna Saloona at 1546 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio.

Brian, who was 27 at the time, left on the evening of March 31, 2006 to go out with friends and have drinks in order to celebrate spring break.


It is reported that around 9:30 pm, the men headed toward a popular bar right off the Ohio State University campus.

Brian's girlfriend reported that at 9:56 pm, he called to say he loved her and would see her when she got back to town.

His girlfriend also said that they had arrangement after the weekend to visit Florida.

After talking with his girlfriend, Brian and his friend walked into the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio, making a brief stop at North Short Tavern and then Brother's.


At Brother's, they joined in the company of other friends. One of them drove Brian and friends back to the Ugly Tuna Saloona.

Surveillance cameras at the Ugly Tuna Saloona indicate that Brian was seen at 1:15 am in the morning.

The map above is the general area where Brian was reported missing. Please note that the map is automatically generated from Google and the blue and red markers on the map are local landmarks and businesses created by Google. The red and blue markers are not an indication of an exact location of where someone went missing.

Mysteriously, when next captured on surveillance camera, Brian is now outside the Ugly Tuna Saloona at the top of the escalator.

In the video of the last moments that Brian is ever seen, it looks as though he is saying "bye" and leaves towards the bar.

He is never picked up on camera after this point and has never been seen since.

Authorities interviewed the girls who were seen on camera speaking with Brian. Officials indicate that the girls were not able to offer any additional insight as to Brian's location or circumstances.

In the initial investigation, there was another person of interest; a man in an orange sweater at the escalator, also on tape. However, authorities quickly ruled him out as a suspect.

Brian is described as a white male who was 27 years old at the time of his disappearance. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, which has a dot on the iris of his left eye.

Brian stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds. Brian has an athletic build and a charming smile.

Brian has a tattoo of Pearl Jam tattooed on his upper right bicep.


When last seen on April 1, 2006, Brian was wearing an olive green polo shirt with a white, long sleeve shirt underneath. He was also wearing Adidas shoes and a yellow cancer awareness bracelet.

Over the last 14 years, investigators have as many questions as they do answers. Authorities have conducted extensive searches and have used resources all over the country in order to help find Brian.

Even to this day, his disappearance remains an unsolved mystery in central Ohio.

However, someone out there knows where Brian is and authorities won't stop until Brian is found.

If you have five seconds, copy and paste this PL8PIC link to social media, make a public post, tag several friends, and use the hashtag #FindBrianShaffer to help this alert go viral. You never know. You might just help save a life.

If you know where Brian is or have any information about him, please contact the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 1-877-645-TIPS (8477). Please know that your call can remain anonymous.

Many thanks to Lori Davis and her work with Missing Person from Ohio, as well as on Brian Shaffer's missing person website for the information on this alert.


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Brian Randall Shaffer - missing from Columbus, Ohio since April 1, 2006

On the night of Friday, March 31st 2006; Brian Shaffer, a 27 year old 2nd year medical student at OSU went out with friends to have a few drinks and celebrate the beginning of Spring break 2006; it was his 'time out with the guys'.

Missing Person -

Brian was last seen at approximately 2:00 a.m. at a bar near the Ohio State University Campus in the vicinity of the 1500 block of N. High St. in Columbus, OH. He has a tattoo of the "Pearl Jam" symbol on his upper right arm.