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Missing: Brian Shaffer

Missing: Brian Shaffer

On March 31, 2006, 27-year-old Brian Shaffer went out with his friend Clint for a night of barhopping in Columbus, Ohio. At around 1:55 a.m., on April 1st, Brian was seen talking to two women outside the Ugly Tuna Saloona. Two minutes later, he walked back towards the entrance of the bar.

According to Clint and another friend named Meredith, they last saw Brian when he said he wanted to talk to the band and went back inside the bar. They say that they couldn’t find him after this. Before leaving, Clint and Meredith tried calling Brian, but his phone went straight to voicemail, so they went home.

Two days later, Brian was reported missing by his father. And I think what happened next is why Brian Shaffer’s case is so puzzling. When police reviewed surveillance footage from the Ugly Tuna Saloona, they saw Brian leave the bar, speak to the two people, and re-enter the bar. But there was no video of Brian leaving the bar again.

To this day, police still don’t know what happened to Brian that night. There are countless theories about what happened that night, but few answers.

At the time of his disappearance, Brian Shaffer was 27 years old, 6’2”, 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was wearing an olive green short-sleeved polo shirt with a white long-sleeved shirt underneath, blue jeans, Adidas sneakers, and a yellow cancer awareness bracelet. He has a dot on the iris of his left eye and a tattoo of the Pearl Jam symbol on his upper right bicep.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-2358.


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