Private detective claims to use his supposed psychic powers to solve crimes

A Colorado psychic is helping search for Kelsie Shelling, who disappeared in 2013

From an early age, Colorado resident Troy Griffin believed he possessed special gifts. The self-proclaimed psychic would ultimate created a nationwide volunteer group of fellow intuitive people who work on missing persons, cold cases and unsolved murders, in addition to his private practice offering individual psychic readings. 

ABC News caught up with Griffin to discuss a recent Colorado case in which he helped search for Kelsie Shelling, who disappeared in 2013 when she was eight weeks pregnant. The 21-year-old vanished from her home in Denver to drive to Pueblo to see her boyfriend —  and was never heard from again.

For that case, Griffin said brought along search dogs and a team of volunteers, but insists that his main set of tools are his visions. He does not rely on items like tarot cards or tea leaves, like some practitioners.

Griffin told ABC News, “I’ve worked on … about a 100 cases overall.” Despite that claim, he could not provide any evidence that he contributed to police investigations.

Kelsie’s mom, Laura Saxton has endured years of no progress or closure. She reached out to Griffin for help, telling the news station, “Any time you can find anybody who sincerely wants to help it means a lot because people come and go very quickly.”

How does it work for Griffin? He says he has visions, “like watching TV, but just little clips.” They are often accompanied by overwhelming feelings of nervousness and anxiety. While he searched for Kelsie’s body, he said at the time, “I feel nauseous, sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe.” Ultimately, the search came up empty.

When ABC News contacted the Pueblo police department, they were told they had “no official contact” with Griffin and were “unaware” of his investigation.

ABC News asked how police typically get involved with Griffin. He said, “It really depends on what a detective or detectives believe in.” For example, Rhonda Sheya said she contacted Griffin herself the day after her brother-in-law Danny Sheya disappeared in December 2014.

Griffin told her, “I believe that he is within a few minutes of your home, a few miles, maybe five miles of your home. I see him surrounded by water and a few miles from your home.’” A few days later, the victim’s vehicle was located off the road on a dangerous stretch of road.

Psychic crime solvers are popular on televisions, with shows like “Psychic Detectives”, “the Mentalist” and “Medium.” It is often people’s only exposure to these practitioners.

While the public might be skeptical, Griffin says, “What I say to skeptics is, if you have never been in the people’s shoes that I walk with, don’t judge or put opinion on it until you really know if it’s real or not.”


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