Tiffany Hahn, Licensed Private Investigator

I am a Licensed Private Investigator in the State of California, license #24291. My license was issued in September 2004 and is due to expire on September 30, 2020. It was issued by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Click here to verify my license. My current area of focus is Social Media Data Analysis.

Information collection and data analyzation is key in every type of investigation. It helps to approach a topic with open-minded skepticism. Some skeptics approach a situation with the mindset of “this can’t possibly be what you say it is.” Saying “it can’t be that” from the beginning usually means looking for a way to disprove the claim. Equally as concerning, some go into an investigation already certain of their conclusion. Some focus on what they’re certain it’s not, some are fixated on what they are certain it is; but both can affect the way data is collected. 

My approach is an attempt at neutrality. I want to know what it was like for the witness. “What did you see?” “Who else was there?” “What other contributing factors were there?” This stance of “documentation over debunking” or “investigating over insisting” seems to produce the most reliable information. 

Out-of-the-ordinary cases are of interest to me. This includes reports of paranormal events, sightings of cryptids, and UFO encounters. I’m not sure the existence of any of these are provable. I consider myself a skeptic, but a hopeful one. That just means my stance is, “I’m not sure those things are provable, YET.” Just because it hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it won’t. I could be documenting a statement from a witness to a car accident or a possible inter-dimensional being encounter: the data collection is the same. I do my best, in these alternative cases, to keep my optimism out of my work.

I don’t consider myself a Paranormal Investigator or a UFO specialist. I like “Paranormal & UFO Researcher.” I can tell you what’s being reported. I can provide links to cases where I have identified a pattern of similarity. I haven’t seen enough evidence to sway my opinion to full-fledged “believer,” but I’ve seen enough to keep me curious.

Background & History

I started working for a Law Firm as a teenager out of necessity. After being there for about a year, I started working for a Private Investigator. I had questions about the law, about various procedures and practices, and I was always full of ideas when it came to working cases. It had a “behind the scenes” aspect to it that I loved. Man’s laws seemed like the code that made society work. In the State of California, it takes 6,000 hours of apprenticeship and passing a comprehensive test to obtain a Private Investigator’s license. I did my time and passed my test in September 2004.

From 2006-2008, I went back to school and studied Computer Science, with a little graphic design and website building on the side. The idea of code answered more of my questions. This time, it was computer C++ and HTML. I could look at the CSS and JavaScript and HTML, and I could see the end product. It just made sense to me.

I looked down at my iPhone. What made it work? How could I make it work better? Most people would have watched some YouTube videos or purchased a book. I turned to Apple and declared – teach me. A short time later, I was an Apple Certified iOS Technician.

In the decade or so, I became interested in code on a much larger scale. What if the world had source code like a webpage or my iPhone? I saw a few paths before me. Science – biology, physics, anatomy… But there are very educated, very passionate people tinkering with this code. I realized I could spend my life dedicated to science and still not have the answers I was looking for. Instead of studying and defining the code that displayed reality, I decided to look into the exceptions. What breaks the code? In what real-world application might I see an error?

I began compiling notes on a few missing persons and unexplained death cases. I kept seeing that word – unexplained. Everything up to that point had been based in observation and documentation. As an insurance investigator, I noted that the truth – how the accident actually happened – existed independently from those who observed it. One person had sun in their eyes. Another person was looking down, and only saw the aftermath after they heard the collision. Both drivers thought they had a green light. I pulled signal timing charts and confirmed the signals were working properly on that day, and there’s no way they both had the green light. Eventually, after interviewing witnesses, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, I had a pretty good picture of what probably occurred. But what if the story had no logical conclusion?

I base my life and my beliefs around what I can observe and replicate. What I really needed to find was something that existed outside of those rules. And in this “I can’t believe I’m looking into this” moment, I started looking at videos of what were believed to be ghosts. Most were blurry or grainy. Some could have been a shadow or the wind. But I found enough information on the internet about these unexplained cases that my interest was piqued. This. This was the error in the code I was looking for. 

But it’s not enough to observe and document. I wanted to share. I picked up photography as a means of documenting and sharing things that mattered to me. And I started creating graphics to explain what I was thinking or feeling.

I am a licensed Private Investigator with an interest in iPhone optimization and unusual research. I’m fascinated by the code and mechanics that make things work. Share this path with me. Maybe I can help you find a piece of information or a lost relative. Maybe we can shred a bad video or sit in awe while watching a good video for the 93rd time. Maybe you like a photo I took, or a graphic I made hit home. However you got here, welcome.