Vigil Held for Missing OSU Student
April 10, 2006
Reported by Tanisha Mallett
Sunday was a day of support for the family of missing OSU medical student Brian Shaffer.
The last time Shaffer was seen was over a week ago. Surveillance video shows him entering the Ugly Tuna Saloona bar, but it does not show him leaving.
Still his family and friends have faith he will come home and a possible tip is giving them hope.
Randall Shaffer, Brian's father, says a homeless man told detectives he saw Brian at the United Dairy Farmers store on 12th and High Streets near campus. Police confirm they received the tip and will be reviewing surveillance video to determine if it's credible.
In the meantime, Brian's loved ones say they are grateful for the help they've received. They say they believe he is still alive, and no matter what has happened, they want him to come home.http://www.10tv.com/?sec=home&story=...057630799.html
Student's Friend Talks About The Night He Disappeared
Brian Shaffer Last Seen April 2
UPDATED: April 10, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Detectives said that they were investigating a tip that a missing Ohio State University medical student was seen at a north Columbus convenience store almost four days after he disappeared.
Police said the tip came from a homeless man and they believe the tip could be credible, NBC 4's Duarte Geraldino reported.
Brian Shaffer was last seen in front of the Ugly Tuna Saloona, on North High Street in the South Campus Gateway area early on April 2.
According to police, the tipster said that Shaffer was behind a United Dairy Farmers store, located at High Street and 12th Avenue.
"The individual indicated that the man that he had seen was eating a sandwich," said Columbus police detective John Hurst. "He believes it was bought from one of the local restaurants."
Detectives said the homeless man attempted to talk with the man he believed was Shaffer, but the person walked off into the alley.
"(The homeless man) said that he said, 'Hey, people are looking for you,' and the individual really didn't have much of a reaction," Hurst said.
Shaffer's mother died shortly before he disappeared, Geraldino reported. His father, Randy Shaffer, believes that stress might have been too much for the second-year medical student.
"It hasn't been totally checked out yet, but I am going with that positive thought," Randy Shaffer said. "It lifts me up a little bit."
Detectives said that they were working to obtain surveillance footage from the UDF store. They hope that if a tipster saw Brian Shaffer that the cameras did, too.
Clint Florence is the last person to see Brian Shaffer. The two used to live together and were out celebrating the beginning of spring break. Florence described Shaffer as popular, but a bit of a loner.
"Brian likes to either see somebody that he knows or wants to talk to the band. He is known to walk off. He just liked to walk off and do his own thing," Florence said.
Florence described the timeline of the night Brian Shaffer disappeared.
The men headed to the Ugly Tuna at about 9:15 p.m. At about 10:30 p.m., Brian Shaffer spoke to his girlfriend over the phone, Florence said.
About 30 minutes later, the men walked to the Short North Tavern, where they had a few drinks. At 11:40 p.m., they walked to another bar.
Then, at about 1:15 a.m., they returned to the Ugly Tuna. Florence said while he was drinking, Brian Shaffer periodically walked away to talk with some people he knew.
"Brian got up with them. I am assuming he got up with them, walked out with them to talk with them on the foyer before going on the escalator," Florence said.
Shaffer was last seen on surveillance cameras at about 2 a.m.
"I called him that night and it went straight to voicemail. It was about 2 a.m. and (there was) no answer," Florence said.
Florence said he doesn't think Shaffer had a nervous break down.
"I am afraid that Brian might have left the bar and ran his mouth a little bit. He has been known to do that," Florence said.
At closing time, after looking for Shaffer, Florence said he went home with another friend.
"Of course, I regret now leaving, but I didn't think anything of it. I didn't think Brian -- that anything happened to him because he is known to walk away," Florence said.
Brian Shaffer and his girlfriend were scheduled to take a spring break trip to Florida last week, NBC 4 reported. Police said that none of Shaffer's bank or credit cards have been used since he disappeared.
The reward for information about Brian Shaffer's whereabouts is now up to $13,000. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 645-8477 or (877) 645-8477.http://www.nbc4i.com/news/8592335/detail.html