Cold Case Explorations

Researching Cold and Unsolved Cases from the US and Beyond

Ohio Cold or Unsolved Cases

Welcome to the world of unsolved cases in Ohio, where intriguing mysteries blend with the state’s history and diverse communities. Whether you’re in a bustling city or a quiet rural area, Ohio has its share of stories that still puzzle us. These mysterious cases cover everything from strange disappearances to puzzling events, and they invite anyone curious about the past to dig in.

Despite the friendly Midwestern atmosphere, there are still unanswered questions waiting for curious folks to uncover. So, let’s go on a journey together to unwrap the intriguing stories that have shaped Ohio. Here is a list of cold or unsolved cases in the state of Ohio (OH) that I’ve written about:

Anderson, Cynthia

Missing since August 4, 1981 from Toledo, OH. A young woman had nightmares of being abducted and murdered - and then, it seems, she was. Forty years later, she’s never been found.

Shaffer, Brian

Missing since April 1, 2006 from Columbus, OH. An OSU medical student walked in to a bar on April Fool’s Day and never was seen again. What happened to him?

Sova, Kurt

Found deceased on October 28, 1981 in Newburgh Heights, OH. A 17-year-old went to a Halloween party and then was found dead five days later. Forty years on, no one knows what happened.

Ohioan Cities I’ve Written About

This section provides an alphabetically-sorted list of cities in Ohio where the cases I’ve written about took place, along with the year in which the cases began.

Columbus, OH

Newburgh Heights, OH

Toledo, OH