About Us


DavidThe Shepherd Company is located in Boulder, Colorado, and is managed by David A. Carrick, who is a Licensed Colorado Investigator – License #532. Investigatory work is in his genetic makeup.    His father, Otis B. Carrick, was one of the original investigators in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which was formed in 1948 to investigate major crimes and conduct counter intelligence. David trained as a private investigator with The Shepherd Company of Los Angeles, California in 1984. After a four-year internship, David formed The Shepherd Company in Colorado.  We have been located in Boulder, Colorado since 1988 and have been continuously listed with the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau since 1992. The company is currently a Gold Star Member.

A resident of Colorado since 1962, David A. Carrick graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Philosophy.  He became a real estate broker in Colorado and New Mexico in 1984 and 1990 respectively, and formed Shepard and Associates, LLC, a Colorado real estate brokerage firm.  The Shepherd Company is a subsidiary of The Shepard Company, LLC. which functions as a land exchange proponent between private, public, and quasi-public entities such as counties, the Denver Water Department, and the Federal government, including the Department of the Interior (BLM), the Agriculture Department (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS).

Through his involvement with public and private lands, David discovered many properties and property interests which had been abandoned – their rightful owners or their heirs unknown and missing.  The skills he acquired as a private investigator in Los Angeles were a natural fit with his real estate expertise.   Today, in addition to the unclaimed asset investigations, David also provides background investigations for sellers and landlords.  He is also recognized in Colorado courts as an expert witness, having testified in beneficiary and heirship determination hearings.


Peter A. Mackie is life-long resident of Boulder County, Colorado. Born in Longmont, Colorado into a family of attorneys, he chose to enter the legal profession after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Peter has been a licensed attorney in Colorado since 1987 and has specialized in the areas of real estate and business law. Peter is also a licensed Colorado Realtor, specializing in investment and commercial real estate, and is a trained investigator.

Call toll free at 1-800-474-0601 to learn how our services can help recover assets to which you or your clients may be entitled.