Marc Hoover: Brian Shaffer’s vanishing from OSU


Yearly, 1000’s of individuals vanish. Happily, a lot of them depart for numerous causes, however finally return. Sadly, this wouldn’t apply to a medical scholar named Brian Shaffer, 27. Brian had graduated from highschool in 1997, and accomplished his diploma in microbiology at Ohio State College (OSU). In 2004, he started attending medical faculty at OSU.

Throughout Brian’s second yr of medical faculty, his mom Renee died. Mates mentioned he struggled with the loss, however he managed. Whereas in medical faculty, Brian dated a fellow medical scholar named Alexis Waggoner. The couple had made plans for a romantic journey to Miami the place family and friends anticipated Brian to suggest marriage to Waggoner.

On March 31, 2006, OSU college students have been on spring break. Brian and his father Randy celebrated by going out to dinner earlier that night. Randy thought his son appeared in good spirits. Brian advised his father he was assembly buddies for drinks later within the night.

Someday round 9 p.m., Shaffer met with a good friend named William “Clint” Florence at a bar referred to as the Ugly Tuna Saloona in Columbus, Ohio. Brian additionally referred to as Waggoner, who was along with her household in Toledo, Ohio. Brian advised her he beloved her.

Shaffer and Florence then went bar-hopping. In accordance with Florence, the boys drank closely. After midnight, Meredith Reed, who was a good friend of Florence, gave the boys a journey again to the Ugly Tuna Saloona. And this could be the final place anybody would ever see Brian once more.

He was final seen between 1:30 a.m. and a pair of a.m. on April 1, 2006.

Florence and Reed mentioned they tried to seek out Shaffer after getting separated from him. They ended up leaving with the remainder of the gang at 2 a.m. After ready exterior, they anticipated to see Brian exterior. After he didn’t present up, they’d assumed he went house. A safety digital camera recorded him talking to 2 younger ladies contained in the bar. It additionally recorded him reentering the bar at closing time.

And that is the place the story will get actually odd. The bar had a digital camera close to the again door. Brian wasn’t seen exiting by means of this door, so the place did he go? He needed to both depart by means of the entrance or again door. Not one of the safety cameras recorded Brian Shaffer leaving the bar. Moreover, his automobile, cellphone and private belongings remained at his house.

I’ve reviewed a number of web sites for something referencing Brian’s disappearance. One of many extra widespread assumptions is that he was so distraught over his mom’s demise, he walked away from his life. I don’t suppose that is possible.

The place would he have gone with out his bank cards and his automobile? He additionally beloved his girlfriend, father and brother. I don’t suppose he would have deserted the three folks whom he beloved most. He was a accountable younger man. For him to have simply left on his personal didn’t match his character.

One other idea is somebody murdered him and hid his physique contained in the bar. In that case, somebody may have eliminated his physique after the bar had closed. Authorities suspect foul play, however haven’t any proof to assist a murder.

Immediately, Brian Shaffer’s disappearance nonetheless haunts Ohio. Happily, the media and crime podcasters gained’t overlook Brian’s case. Throughout a 2006 live performance in Cincinnati, Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam requested anybody with details about the case to talk to authorities. Brian Shaffer’s identify usually seems within the media in hopes that somebody will converse to Columbus authorities with info.

So what occurred to Brian Shaffer? Will we ever study the reality?

Marc is a longtime resident of Clermont County and avid reader. He may be contacted by means of his web site at, by means of Fb: or his Twitter account @themarcabe. And be sure you take heed to his podcast at


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