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Some cases are more rewarding than others. Our clients range from law firms to individuals, all looking for the same thing, really: answers. Whether we are investigating in preparation for a vigorous criminal defense or attempting to determine if a spouse is being unfaithful, we work diligently to learn the truth and then obtain solid evidence for our clients.

Unfortunately, the truth is often sad. Our services are frequently needed during a low point in someone's life. But the special cases-- those are what make the grind worth it.

Recently, we were asked to help an elderly lady who was seeking closure after more than half a century of mourning. As a young woman, she met and fell in love with a young man. Due to difficult life circumstances, they ended up in different areas of the country. The young woman had a son who, to this day, has not met his father. Both man and woman thought of each other fondly and frequently as the decades passed, each longing to be with the other.

Despite diligent efforts, our client had not been able to locate the man and reached out to us as a last resort. Our team worked diligently to locate this gentleman. When we delivered the news that she had not forgotten him, he shed tears of joy. Both our client and this kind man are looking forward to reuniting and a son will finally meet his father.

Nationally-Certified Arson Investigator Joins Raven Rock Investigations

Raven Rock Investigations is happy to announce Sam Henline, a nationally-certified arson investigator, has joined our team. Sam retired from Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in 2018, where he was the agency’s lead arson investigator.

Sam earned fire investigation certifications from:

  • National Association of Fire Investigators

  • National Fire Academy

  • North Carolina Chapter of The International Association of Arson Investigators

  • New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center

  • Public Agency Training Council

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency

Sam has been recognized multiple times as an expert witness in Superior Court. Raven Rock Investigations is proud to have him on the team.

Who Hires Private Investigators?


We’ve all seen television shows and movies where private investigators follow unfaithful spouses to seedy motels to get video and photo evidence of their infidelity, but is that really an accurate portrayal of professional private investigators?

Professional private investigators have many types of clients. Let’s take a look at the most common.


Attorneys may take the number one spot in the list of private investigator customer types. They know that knowledge can be used as ammunition in civil litigation and criminal defenses. Wise attorneys understand their reputation hangs largely on their ability to win cases, so they frequently engage the services of licensed private investigators to interview witnesses, conduct mock interrogations of their clients and even set up surveillance on opposing parties. Attorneys realize the value professional investigators add.


Most parents want the best for their children and they know hiring a childcare provider can be dangerous if they choose the wrong person. Involved parents reach out to private investigators to conduct background checks on potential babysitters or daycare providers to ensure their children are placed in good hands. The cost of a thorough background investigation is one of the wisest purchases a parent can make with regard to the safety of their child.


Savvy business owners understand they need to protect their investments. When hiring an employee or choosing to partner with someone, a successful business owner contracts with a private investigator to dig into the backgrounds of the potential employee or partner to determine if they are trustworthy. This includes interviewing previous employers and neighbors, conducting a thorough criminal records check, confirming someone actually attended the college listed on their resume and more. Private investigators can also conduct security evaluations to determine if the property has adequate measures in place to prevent theft.

Insurance Adjusters

Thorough insurance adjusters know fraud is rampant in our society. Too many people game the system to receive free money. Private investigators work closely with adjusters to conduct surveillance, review traffic crash investigations and interview involved parties to determine if a claim is legitimate. Many private investigators are former law enforcement officers with experience investigating collisions and detecting deception.


Engaged landlords understand they take a risk each time they acquire a new tenant. They entrust their valuable property with complete strangers. Landlords can mitigate this risk by hiring a licensed investigator to dig into the background of the potential tenant. From speaking with former landlords to interviewing old neighbors, private investigators can obtain information that is not available in an online background check.


Smart individuals hire private investigators to acquire background information on prospective romantic partners to ensure the person does not have a history of violence or dishonesty. Others hire a professional investigator to confirm or deny suspicions their significant other is being unfaithful. This is quite common in the investigative world, and suspicions are often right, unfortunately. Additionally, private investigators can often provide personal protective services for people who feel their safety is in jeopardy. This type of service is especially helpful in cases of domestic violence where a victim is trying to escape a dangerous environment.


These are just a few of the common clients with whom private investigators work. There are others and your circumstances may be unique. Private investigator services are more affordable than you think and could provide you with peace of mind in an age where we all have enough stress in our lives.

About Raven Rock Investigations

Raven Rock Investigations is a private investigations and personal protection firm based in Salisbury, North Carolina. Founded by former homicide detective Carl Dangerfield, the mantra of the firm is simple: ethical investigations conducted with integrity. Raven Rock investigations has staff in the Charlotte metro and Piedmont Triad areas of North Carolina.

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About the Author

Joel Johnson previously served as a law enforcement officer and is now a licensed private investigator with Raven Rock Investigations in North Carolina, where he manages the Piedmont Triad operations. He earned a BS in Business Management and Leadership and an AAS in Criminal Justice Technology.

Change is Here!

When we founded Raven Rock Investigations, we determined to be leaders in the investigative market.

Today, we are excited to announce an industry-changing approach to our services.

Most agencies still use the old-fashioned method of charging a non-refundable retainer for services. While we still offer that option for you, we found a way to save you money and streamline the process.

We have combined our most popular (and most effective) services into easy-to-understand packages. From surveillance and general investigations to digital forensics, you can make a more-informed decision before you spend your hard-earned money.

At Raven Rock Investigations, we aim to blaze a new trail and enhance the professionalism of the private investigations industry. Thank you for your continued support!

Click here to check out the new packages!

Digital Forensic Services

At Raven Rock Investigations, we have a team dedicated to digital forensic investigations. In the modern era, investigations frequently require accessing mobile devices (phones and tablets) as well as personal computers, in order to obtain vital evidence for use in both criminal and civil proceedings.

Some of the digital forensic services we offer include:

Mobile Forensics

Mobile devices contain critical data for investigations. Our team can forensically acquire and analyze data from smartphones and tablets to retrieve the data you need for your case. Some examples include:

  • text messages, phone calls or chats (including deleted records)

  • location information

  • web browsing history

  • pictures and videos

Cell Tower Mapping

Call detail records (CDRs) can include location information and meta data related to phone calls and text messaging records. Some CDR information that can be retrieved includes:

  • phone numbers

  • date/time of calls and messages

  • whether or not the call was connected

  • type of connection (phone or text)

  • duration of the call

  • tower information and sector side of the tower

  • cell tower mapping

Computer Forensics

Our team can image, decrypt and analyze data located on computers. From hard drives and flash drives to digital cameras and answering machines, our team can recover data that may be useful to your case. Some advantages include:

  • identifying who was behind the keyboard at a certain period of time

  • determining which computer resources were accessed

  • uncovering browsing history

  • identifying network connections

  • obtain a comprehensive list of installed software (including spyware) and when it was accessed

  • exposing emails stored on the computer

Social Media Forensics

Our team can gather, with appropriate legal authority, user data from more than fifty of the most popular social media sources. Examples include:

  • capture and review public data

  • visualize data in a unified format

  • accelerate data collection from web pages

  • search their searches

  • explore location history

  • collaborate and integrate data

Digital forensic services are vital to your case. While the expense can be costly at times, we cannot overstate the importance to your case in the long term. Spending now to protect your future assets is one of the wisest investments you can make.

Personal Protection Services

North Carolina law authorizes licensed private investigators to provide personal protective services. Raven Rock Investigations can provide you with personal bodyguard services for high-stress situations. If you are in fear for your safety or have been the victim of violence, we can provide personalized bodyguard services to meet your needs. Protect yourself and your loved ones by contacting us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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