Missing OSU Student Investigation Moves To Virgin Islands

UPDATED: Monday October 6, 2008 5:06 AM

Investigators are looking into a potential lead regarding the whereabouts of an Ohio State medical student who disappeared more than two years ago, 10TV News reported Thursday.

Brian Shaffer disappeared on April 1, 2006 from the Ugly Tuna Saloona, located near the Ohio State campus.

Shaffer, a second-year medical student at Ohio State, went to the bar to celebrate the beginning of spring break with several of his friends when he disappeared.

SLIDESHOW: Search For Brian Shaffer

Last month, Shaffer's father, Randy Shaffer, died when a tree fell on him outside his home. Three days after his death, someone posted a message on Web site in memory of Randy Shaffer that read, "Dad, I love you, Brian," from the U.S. Virgin Islands, 10TV News reported.

Investigators have contacted island police in an effort to learn whether the message was a prank, or a legitimate message from Brian Shaffer.

The process of pinpointing the message sender could take several weeks.

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