Keith Schafferius

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Keith Schafferius
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Born (1942-04-05) 5 April 1942 (age 80)
Occupation(s)Investigator, author

Keith Schafferius (born 1942, in Laidley, Queensland) is a law enforcement agent, author and a private investigator based in Australia.[1][2][3]


Schafferius started his career by joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1960 where he was enlisted for six years and spent time as a member of the Service Police and received an Australian Defence Medal for his service. After exiting the Air Force and completing a secondment to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Schafferius took on his first private investigation case in 1969 together with Charles Holloway.[4][5][6] In 1973, Keith joined the World Association of Detectives (W.A.D.) and became a LIFE member after 25 years.[7][8][9] Keith took on his first case in 1969 to retrieve children abducted by the other parent. Keith was awarded investigator of the year 2013 at the 88th annual conference of the W.A.D.[10][11][12] Later, he become the director of W.A.D. for 3 years. In 1990 he ran in the Federal seat of Brisbane as the candidate for the Liberal Party of Australia. In 1992, Schafferius was also a candidate for the Queensland Liberal Party in the state seat of Chermside.[13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ "Illegal border crossings, risky retrievals among sleuthing secrets of this private investigator". 12 March 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  2. ^ "'Child snatcher' finds no shortage of work". NZ Herald. 24 October 2014. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  3. ^ Clark, Lucy (11 April 2016). "Moral minefield: when parents abduct their own children | Lucy Clark". the Guardian.
  4. ^ "Hollywood Private Eye". Today. Nine Digital Pty Ltd. 2018.
  5. ^ Hailey Renault (3 March 2018). "Focus: Keith P.I. What does a private investigator of nearly five decades know about you?". Brisbane: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Private investigators meet in Auckland". Newshub. 3 News. 22 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Risking all to save kids". 25 August 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  8. ^ "The Retriever: The True Story Of A Child Retrieval Expert And The Families He Has Reunited". HarperCollins Australia. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  9. ^ CAPSI & APDI, e-Security Post. "Security Post" (PDF). CAPSI. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  10. ^ Kristin Shorten. "Is it really possible to fake your own death?". NewsComAu. News Pty Limited.
  11. ^ Richard Fidler (31 August 2012). "Private detective Keith Schafferius specialises in child retrieval". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  12. ^ Insight (1 May 2012). "Parental Abductions". News. SBS.
  13. ^ @WADnews (25 October 2014). "Congratulations to our new elected directors: Daniel, RP, Ajit, Alex, Sujeet, Keith & John! See you all in #Savannah" (Tweet). Retrieved 25 October 2014 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Child Retrieval from Parental Abductions". The VoiceAmerica™ Talk. 1 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Private investigator Keith Schafferius has written a book about his child retrieval work". The Courier Mail. The Sunday Mail. 25 August 2010.
  16. ^ "Parental Abduction". Answers for the Family Radio Show. Answers for the Family. 9 May 2011.