North American Missing Persons Network
Brian Randal Shaffer

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Above Images: Shaffer, circa 2006

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 1, 2006 from Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 25, 1979
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 160-170 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of Pearl Jam symbol
    on right arm. Dot on his left iris.
  • Clothing: White long sleeve shirt with light olive green short
    sleeve polo shirt on top of it, dark blue jeans, white "Adidas"
    athletic shoes.
  • Jewelry: Yellow, cancer-awareness rubber bracelet.
  • Case Number: 060286094

  • Details of Disappearance

    On the night of Friday, March 31st 2006; Brian Shaffer, a 2nd year medical student at OSU went out with friends to have a few drinks and celebrate the beginning of Spring break 2006. At around 9:30pm, the men headed to the Ugly Tuna Saloona, a bar located near the OSU campus. At 9:56pm, Brian called his girlfriend who at the time was visiting her family in Toledo, OH. He told her he loved her and that he would see her when she came back to Columbus; the two had planned on taking a vacation to Miami and were scheduled to leave for Florida on Monday, April 3rd.

    Shortly after talking to his girlfriend, Brian and his friend walked down to the Arena District in Columbus, OH; they stopped at the North Short Tavern and then went to Brother's, where they met with other friends. One of the friends drove them back to the Ugly Tuna Saloona, where they are seen in the surveillance tape at 1:15 am. The next time Brian is seen on cameras, he was outside of the Ugly Tuna, at the top of the escalator, talking with two girls; he appears to say 'bye' and turns towards the bar, he then disappears from the camera's view and has not been seen since.

    Numerous searches have been conducted including the construction area by the Ugly Tuna Saloona, numerous locations close to his disappearance including help from Texas Equusearch and numerous search agencies in the Ohio area but to no avail.

    At one point, the police were looking for an individual seen on the escalator - this has been ruled out and not considered linked to Brian's case.

    Conversations have been had with the two girls who were outside the bar speaking with Brian but they were not able to provide any additional information to help locate Brian.

    None of Shaffer's bank or credit cards was used since he disappeared. Brian was not driving the night of his disappearance. His car was still at his residence.

    Shaffer's Pearl Jam Tattoo

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Central Ohio Crime Stoppers
    Cols. Rick Thompson or John Hurst
    (614) 645-4670
    (614) 645-4545

    Source Information
    Central Ohio Crime Stoppers
    Find Brian Shaffer
    Ohio Attorney General