Shane X. Bancroft
Detective Shane X. Bancroft was born and raised in Northern New Jersey but has lived in the Billings, Montana area since 1998. He served with the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office From 1998 to 2021. Over the course of his career he served as a Patrol Deputy, a Field Training Officer, a Coroner, a Detective and a Crisis Negotiator. He has instructed at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. He was assigned to the HIDTA/CCSIU Drug Task Force from 2005 to 2009 and again from 2019 to 2021, serving in an undercover capacity and as case agent. He was assigned to the YCSO- Detective Division from 2009 to 2019. In 2012, He attended the 31st Session of The National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. The course of study included training at “The Body Farm”; at The Anthropological Research Center at the University of Tennessee. He is an IAI Certified Crime Scene Investigator. His Investigations focused felony cases, with an interest in Homicide, Violent Crime and Suspicious Death investigations. Detective Bancroft was on the lead investigative team for major crimes for the majority of his Detective career. Detective Bancroft assisted in and served as Lead Investigator in 2 Cold Case Homicide Investigations that occurred in 1974 and 1998 respectively. Both cases were exceptionally cleared, one by conclusive DNA findings and the other by suspect confession. Throughout his career he served as a Coroner and has been the lead in literally hundreds of Death Investigations. Detective Bancroft is now employed by the State of Montana, conducting Investigations for the Department of Labor and Industry. He continues to teach and consult in Death and Criminal Investigations.