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What happened to Brian Shaffer? Detectives investigate potential new clue

Regina Fox



What really happened to Brian Shaffer?

People around the Central Ohio community and beyond have been pondering this question since his disappearance on the night of April 1, 2006.

Read more about his bizarre disappearance here

Now, almost 14 years later, detectives with the Columbus Police Missing Persons Unit are still actively investigating the case, including a potential new clue.

An image of an alleged homeless American in Tijuana, Mexico has been floating around the internet recently, specifically in groups dedicated to solving the mystery of Shaffer.

10TV sent the image to Columbus Detective Blanch Tucker.


While the white man with brown hair pictured in the flyer does bear some resemblance to Shaffer, Columbus detectives proceeded cautiously, according to 10TV’s reporting.

Tucker contacted the FBI for a facial recognition analysis.

After four weeks, Tucker was disappointed to receive the news that the photo of the man from Tijuana did not match the photos of Shaffer.

Moving forward, Tucker told 10TV she plans to re-interview people from the case, as she believes someone involved is withholding information.

Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio still has a $100,000 reward for any information that can help solve this case. You can leave your tip anonymously by calling 614-461-TIPS.

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“With a heavy heart,” Sonic Temple announces major headliner changes

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With less than three months until showtime, Sonic Temple has announced some major shakeups to the lineup.

Metallica has regretfully cancelled their headline performances at the rock and roll music festival, scheduled for May 15 and May 17.

"With a heavy heart, we write to inform you that due to the health and recovery efforts of James Hetfield, Metallica has to cancel their headlining performances," wrote Sonic Temple in a release.

"As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved," wrote Hetfield in a statement.

In lieu of Metallica, Sonic Temple has booked Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline Friday, May 15, and Tool to headline Sunday, May 17. As scheduled, Slipknot will headline Saturday, May 16.

Lead singer Hetfield entered into rehab last September, and is optimistic about what the future will bring, he said.

"Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult," Hetfield wrote. "Your understanding helps the healing."

Click here to read Hetfield’s statement.

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Upper Arlington police mourn unexpected loss of officer

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The recent and unexpected death of an Upper Arlington police officer is being investigated as a suicide.

According to 10TV per the department, Officer Brian Brown died at his home. The impending coroner's report will determine official cause of death.

"It is with great sadness that we report one of our officers, Brian Brown, died unexpectedly at his home last night," wrote the City of Upper Arlington Police Division on Facebook. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time."

Brown was a 10-year veteran of the department.

Michael Weinman, Director of Government Affairs for the Fraternal Order of Police, told 10TV more needs to be done to provide resources to police offers, whose daily lives often involve stress and trauma.

Know someone who may be having thoughts about suicide? Resources for help can be found here.

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2 new cheetah cubs are “huge accomplishment” for Columbus Zoo

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In a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough, two cheetah cubs have been born through in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer into a surrogate mother at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

While the cubs’ biological mother is Kibibi, the cubs—one male, one female—were delivered on Wednesday, February 19 by Isabelle (Izzy).

Izzy, a first-time mom, has been providing great care to her cubs at this time, reported the Columbus Zoo in a release.

“These two cubs may be tiny but they represent a huge accomplishment, with expert biologists and zoologists working together to create this scientific marvel,” said Dr. Randy Junge, the Columbus Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Health. “This achievement expands scientific knowledge of cheetah reproduction, and may become an important part of the species’ population management in the future.”

According to the release, attempts to artificially inseminate cheetahs often have not been successful, with the last one occurring in 2003. The achievement at the Columbus Zoo brings the potential to help ensure the survival of cheetahs in their native range.

“I am very proud of the team for this accomplishment,” said Jason Ahistus, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Carnivore Curator. “It gives the cheetah conservation community another tool to use in cheetah management, both in situ and ex situ. It really opens the door to many new opportunities that can help the global cheetah population. This is a big win for the cheetah.”

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