Heartland Investigations LLC was founded by Jack L. Barnhart.
Jack spent 22 years as a Special Agent with the United States Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Jack has a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from The Ohio State University and was trained in conducting investigations at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia. Throughout his career, Jack received training in the Reid Technique of interviewing.
Jack developed a reputation for being a tireless investigator. Whether it was a background investigation or a criminal investigation, Jack approached each case with professionalism. In 1994, Jack was responsible for investigating a robbery/triple homicide in Haiti. In 2003, Jack captured one of the U.S. Marshal's 15 Most Wanted, who ran to Haiti. Jack worked with the Haitian National Police and successful at returning the fugitive to the United States.
Jack was a decorated member of the United States Foreign Service. He received two Meritorious Honor Awards, two United States Marshal Service Certificate of Appreciation, Superior Honor Award, Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, Award for Valor and a Meritorious Step Increase.
In 2017, Jack released a book, "...And Then There Was Reasonable Doubt: The State of Ohio v. Charles "Keith" Wampler" about a true crime case in which an innocent man was convicted of a murder. Heartland Investigations handled the re-investigation of this case.