A medical student is never heard from again after a night out with friends
Overview of Brian Shaffer:
Brian Shaffer was last seen between 1:30 am and 2:00 am on April 1, 2006, at a bar called the Ugly Tuna Saloona with best friend, Clint Florence, as well as another friend, after finishing up his midterms for the semester. Brian was supposed to be leaving for vacation with his girlfriend in Miami for spring break on April 3, however, Brian never made it to the airport. After the investigation into his disappearance had begun, footage from the Ugly Tuna Saloona was recovered by police, showing Brian on an escalator going to the bar's main entrance at 1:15 am, and again at 1:55 am outside of the bar before moving back towards the entrance to the bar, off-camera. Brian was never seen on camera leaving the bar after that.
Using the community to uncover answers and bring hope to the families of the murdered or missing:
We’re building a software platform to combine data, analytics, and the wisdom of the community to help solve the cold cases of murdered or missing people. We believe the more resources we can provide to digital volunteers and citizen solvers mean more Citizen Detective communities. We can reduce the burden for law enforcement, use our collective impact and success of the platform to influence public policy, and ultimately start getting wrongful murder convictions overturned and cold cases solved.
National murder clearance rates continue to fall annually.
Every year, more than 5,000 cases go unsolved. Victims’ cases that go cold most often are BIPOC, sex workers, or members of the LGBTQ+ community.
1: Indigenous women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.
2: 80% of trans women killed in the past five years were Black, and only 42 percent of the cases resulted in an arrest—declining murder clearance rates exclusively occurred among homicides of Black victims.
3: Moreover, sex workers are 18 times more likely to be murdered. These aren’t just statistics, they are people: who deserve justice.
By no means do we think we can do this in one day, one month, or even one year, but it’s past time to start working on something that matters—together.
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As a quickly growing company, we are always looking for driven, passionate people to join our team. If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a social impact, you’ve found the right place—and we’d love to talk!
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WE ARE INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OUR VISION TO BUILD UNCOVERED THROUGH OUR CROWDFUND. WE APPRECIATE AND VALUE THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE AS WE BUILD TECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE COLD CASES.