Meet Your Instructor

Gary L. Odegard, LPI

Principal, Coast Private Investigations, LLC · Armed Private Investigator (#3201) · Certified Trainer

With a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Gary’s has an extensive background in corporate management approaching investigation assignments with an analytical mindset acquired from vast experience in legal, business and personal behavior. With more than a decade conducting successful investigations in a wide range of cases including criminal, civil, corporate and missing persons challenges, Gary’s experience includes background checks, surveillance, missing persons, criminal defense investigations, digital forensics, corporate theft, embezzlement and fraud and cold murder investigations.

As a certified Armed Private Investigator, his capabilities also include personal and asset protection, threats of violence and surveillance. While offering insights of this expertise to those who wish to enter the growing field of private investigations, he continues to provide consultation services to business executives, attorneys and individuals offering systemized paths to determining the truth without judgment or prejudice. His experience has been gained from:

  • Fraud, embezzlement, theft and capital investigations in business and organizational environments.
  • Internal investigations, employment screening, digital forensics, insurance fraud and surveillance.
  • Locating missing persons and assets and verifying domestic infidelities and abuse.
  • Conducting pre-trial, accident, liability, personal injury and due diligence investigations/interviewing.
  • Providing difficult service of process, personal protection, risk assessment and surveillance.
  • Conducting cold case investigations involving capital murder, child and adult abuse and theft.

Sample Accomplishments

Conducted Cold Case Murder Investigations

Assisted defense counsel in reinvestigating alleged murder charges. Developed and executed a strategic approach to case analysis, fact verification and timeline construction leading to the solution of a 16-year-old case.

Conducted Corporate Fraud and Embezzlement Investigation

Provided direct counsel and investigative services for the piracy of corporate intellectual properties. Conducted surveillance, witness interviewing, perpetrator and co-conspirator identification and process service.

Located 12 Year Old Boy in Another City Over 100 Miles Away For Out-Of-State Mother

Assigned by attorney to locate missing son who was in the custody of his father and father’s girlfriend. With the deportation of the father for domestic violence, son was left with the non-custodial girlfriend believed to be somewhere in Seattle. Through diligent data cross-referencing and investigative tactics, located the boy in Aberdeen, WA resulting in the return of the son to his mother.

Brought Closure To Bank Fraud

California bank carried a mortgage on a home in Washington State. The bank needed verification that rental payments were being made, verification of renter compliance and location of mortgage-holder assets. Bank was able to recover losses through direct payment of future rent payments and attachment to assets.

Verified Liability In Accident Suit

For the client attorney of a victim in a company carpool personal injury incident, conducted witness interviews, situation assessment and counseled on fact-based analysis of likely scenarios that caused the injury that assisted the attorney in determining strategic case direction and closure.