Our History

Shadow Investigations, founded in 1993, is a full-service investigations firm, focused on corporate, legal, insurance and individual/personal investigations. Shadow provides investigative solutions for decisions pertaining to business and industrial intelligence, risk management, fraud, and personal and criminal history. Shadow provides clients with specialized investigative services by focusing on individual client’s need, and maintain the highest standard of professionalism and integrity.

Shadow has developed and maintained a highly successful business based on three principles: Exceptional customer service; an aggressive, result-oriented method of investigation; and a targeted focus on employee training and education.

Shadow Investigations is proud to be licensed in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. Shadow also has reciprocity to provide services in California, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Georgia.

John Harris

Our Founder

John Harris, Founder and President

John holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and has spent over twenty-five years in the insurance fraud investigative industry. Over the past 25 years, John has built Shadow Investigations Inc., from a single room out of his house to the present location; a 5,000+ sq ft corporate headquarters in Livonia, Michigan. He is a member of the ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) and has served on the board of the MCPI (Michigan Council of Private Investigators). He is a licensed private investigator in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, and both North and South Carolina.

Our Team

Any company is only as strong as its employees. Being an equal opportunity employer has allowed this company to build a diverse staff. Demographics often play an important role in determining the employee that is best suited for the operation. Having the ability to blend-in allows our professionals the best chance to observe and document subject activity without compromising the surveillance.

It has been proven, year after year, 26 years in the making, that the business strategy and tactics employed when the company was founded, continue to yield success for the company.

Meet the Team!

Member Biography

Erin Turner, Account Manager

Erin Turner graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in International Relations. Erin started her career as a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security conducting background investigations to determine federal employment suitability. Erin then moved into the private sector by conducting counterfeit investigations for tobacco companies. She worked with Customs and Border Protection by determining where counterfeit products were being sold and shipped from to aid with confiscating the products at the border. Erin joined the Shadow team in 2021 initially as an SIU investigator before becoming an Account Manager. In her free time, Erin plays in a sand volleyball league. She also enjoys boating, water sports, snowboarding, and trying new restaurants.

Member Biography

Alyssa Whorley, Sr. SIU Coordinator

Alyssa graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Criminal Justice, minoring in Psychology and Addiction Studies. After graduation, she joined the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program as a Case Manager/Group Facilitator, supervising probationers/parolees casefiles, monitoring their progression through program requirements. Alyssa later transitioned into the nonprofit sector working with residential and community-based treatment agencies. In 2019, Alyssa joined the Shadow team as a Field Investigator before moving into the office as a Senior SIU Investigator. Always willing to lend a hand, Alyssa has become widely known throughout the company as a “Jack,” or rather, “Jill of all Trades.” In addition to holding certification as a Social Media Intelligence Expert (CSMIE), her company-wide knowledge earned her the promotion to SIU Coordinator in 2022. In her free time, she stays busy with her two younger sons, and enjoys bow-hunting, ATVs, tennis, and movies.

Member Biography

Gabriele “Abby” Freeman, Operations Support Specialist

Gabriele Freeman, or better known simply as Abby, joined the Shadow team in 2018 shortly after graduating from Spring Arbor University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to graduation, she worked in the hospitality industry for several years. At present, Abby holds the position of Operations Support Specialist, which allows her the ability to review video surveillance and complete accurate reports for Shadow clients. Outside of the office, Abby is passionate about fitness, and can be often spotted after work in Shadow’s expansive private gym. Additionally, Abby is an avid motorcycle enthusiast, archer, reader, billiards player and volunteer at her local American Legion.

Member Biography

Andrea Jones, Director of National Accounts

Andrea Jones graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Public Relations, as well as a BA in English. She spent time with The American Red Cross in the Public Affairs department before shifting career paths to join a boutique multi-communications firm where she helped create customized communications strategies for large corporations, museums and other organizations. Andrea then moved to Texas where she pursued a career in marketing and branding, working with various local organizations to increase visibility and community impact. From there, Andrea moved to Michigan where she continued working with local agencies before becoming a member of Shadow’s team. In her free time, she is a video game fanatic and fitness enthusiast who holds several national powerlifting records.

Member Biography

Jonathon Younkman, Vice President

Jonathon formally joined the Shadow team in 2016 after spending several years working in both the public and private sectors in a business development, strategy, and management consulting capacity. However, Jonathon’s first involvement with Shadow began back in 2014, when he and company founder, John Harris, began talks and collaborations on a variety of business-related initiatives. Jonathon received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from the University of Michigan - Dearborn. He is also a graduate of Delta College near his hometown of Bay City, Michigan, as well as is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Jonathon also holds a variety of professional certifications ranging from economic development to finance to leadership from a variety of accrediting institutions. In addition to his professional life and career accomplishments, Jonathon is an avid golfer and would not hesitate to hold business meetings on the links rather than in a conference room.

Member Biography

Andrew Furie III, Regional Operations Manager

Having joined the company in 2016, Andrew brings perhaps the most diverse and eclectic background of anyone on the Shadow team. Andrew has found success and recognition in high level import/export management, as an executive chef, sports entertainment writer and performer, corporate resource development and data analyst, and has been certified in a variety of professional disciplines, including the highly regarded Wicklander-Zulawski Interview and Interrogation program. This diverse background allows him to bring a unique perspective to every investigation he oversees and helps keep Shadow a step ahead of the competition.


Want to be part of our team? Contact us at careers@shadowweb.us

View our Job Opening below and if you are interested submit your resume using our form.



Want to be part of our team? Contact us at careers@shadowweb.us

View our Job Opening below and if you are interested submit your resume using our form.

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