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    CA - Christopher Ryan Smith, 32, Laguna Beach, 4 June 2010

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0901-africa-emails-20110901,0,2038441.story?track=rss&utm_source=feed burner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latime s%2Fnews%2Flocal+%28L.A.+Times+-+California+|+Local+News%29


    Christopher Smith's family in Oregon thought he'd taken an extended trip from his home in San Juan Capistrano, CA, to Africa and believed they were communicating with him through email for almost a year as he traveled around and described his adventures. But the emails stopped, and they reported the 32-year-old missing. Turns out, his business partner had killed him at the office and faked the whole Africa trip story. The business partner, Edward Younghoon Shin, has confessed after being arrested at the airport on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Shin's personal assistant has also been arrested for helping to cover up the crime. Smith's body has not been located.
    Much more at link.

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    That's really sad, I hadn't heard anything about this and I live in Laguna Beach

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    Pictures of the perps (alleged perps) at link:
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...,3646417.story

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    Sad what people will do for money.

    I hope they have more evidence than a confession - suspect they can track the money, emails, and such though.

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    I heard about this for the first time (somehow missed it on this site) this morning on The Today Show. I feel like Shin won't reveal where he put Chris Smith's body but hopefully the assistant, Kraft, will (even if for a plea deal). The parents and loved ones of Smith deserve to know.

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    Angry

    I just read about this story in this morning's newspaper. Disgusting that he mislead the family for so long with the e-mails and that he won't give up what he did with the body!!!
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

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    This is one of the cases we will be dscussing tonight on the Fox News L.A. Web broadcast.

    9 PM PACIFIC.

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    http://media.myfoxla.com/live/2/

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    Deputies search near Boulevard for Orange County murder evidence

    BOULEVARD About 125 deputies and volunteer search and rescue team members on Saturday searched an area near Boulevard for evidence related to an 18-month-old Orange County homicide investigation.

    The case involved the 2010 slaying of Christopher Ryan Smith, 31, of Laguna Beach, whose body was never found. His business partner confessed to the slaying last year, investigators said.

    full article at link ..................http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/...e-county-murd/



    FWIW, Boulevard, Ca (I never heard of it before) is South on I5 from San Juan Capistrano, I believe it's to then East to 8 E ? just over 120 m and 2 hours drive. It looks like it's out in the middle of nowhere. There's a LOT of nowhere in that area.

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    CA - Christopher Ryan Smith, 31, Boulevard, June 2010

    I couldn't find a discussion on this man, mods: pls update/delete as needed. Thank you!!

    Searchers comb rural East County for O.C. murder clues

    BOULEVARD, Calif. -- About 150 people combed the rugged back country of eastern San Diego County over the weekend, and one deputy said Sunday that evidence was found that may be related to the bizarre murder of a Laguna Beach man in 2010.

    The search, near the tiny town called Boulevard some 45 miles east of San Diego, is the latest turn in the unusual murder case against 33-year-old Edward Younghoon Shin, the former business partner of Christopher Ryan Smith, 31, of Laguna Beach.

    http://www.fox5sandiego.com/news/ksw...,3132530.story
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    Another, older article, with info on the case.

    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...,3646417.story
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    Christopher Ryan Smith, Missing Man Said to be Murdered by Business Partner

    http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazin...h_edward_1.php

    By Matt Coker Mon., Feb. 13 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Orange County authorities say items found during the search for the body of Christopher Ryan Smith in southern San Diego County over the weekend may be evidence tied to the Laguna Beach 31-year-old's murder in 2010.

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    SJC Alleged Murderer Pleads Not Guilty
    Published May 14, 2012

    Edward Younghoon Shin, who stands accused of killing a business partner at their San Juan Capistrano office in 2010, pleaded not guilty to the murder Monday.

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    Interesting article about a slightly strange story.

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/10/17/51364.htm

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - Parents of a slain professional wakeboarder turned businessman claim in court that their son's business partner, and alleged killer, stole his identity to "convert and fraudulently transfer (his) assets."
    Steve and Debi Smith sued their son Chris's business partner Edward Shin and others in Orange County Court.

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    The original press conference announcing Shin's arrest for Chris's murder...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-DqOnWeBXHA

    I can't seem to find out if Shin was ever brought to trial or if there was ever any resolution with the Smith's lawsuit.

    I wonder if the family ever got justice for Chris's murder?

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