Robert L. Shaffer

Above: Shaffer, circa 2010


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 1, 2010 from Charleston, West Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Shaffer has a large tattoo of a cross on his left forearm. He was shot with a muzzle-loader when he was 13 and his right arm is deformed as a result; it's eight or nine inches shorter than his left arm.
  • Medical Conditions: Shaffer has a history of mental illness and may also be an alcoholic.
  • Bar

    Details of Disappearance

    Shaffer was last seen in Charleston, West Virginia at 8:15 p.m. on July 1, 2010. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment, but left without being cleared for release. His mother in Tennessee reported him missing two days later. Shaffer's credit card was used after his disappearance at a now-closed bar on Leon Sullivan Way. At 9:00 p.m., forty-five minutes after he was last seen, his backpack and cellular phone were found at the Charleston Area Medical Center a few blocks from the bar.

    Shaffer lived in Elkview, West Virginia. There hasn't been any activity on his bank account since he went missing. The circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    West Virginia State Police


    Source Information
    The West Virginia State Journal
    WSAZ 3


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 14, 2011; middle initial and medical conditions added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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