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

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  1. STEADFAST

    STEADFAST New Member

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0901-africa-emails-20110901,0,2038441.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Flocal+%28L.A.+Times+-+California+|+Local+News%29
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    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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  3. Charlie09

    Charlie09 Former Member

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

    STEADFAST New Member

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    time New Member

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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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    lizzybeth Active Member

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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.
     
  7. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    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!!!:furious:
     
  8. Tricia

    Tricia Owner Websleuths.com Staff Member Administrator

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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.

    You can watch right here:

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

    If anyone has any updates feel free to post them.
     
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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/feb/11/deputies-search-near-bouldevard-orange-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. :(

    hth,
    fran
     
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    mamacita New Member

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    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/kswb-evidence-foun-in-bizarre-murder-investigation,0,3132530.story
     
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    SJC Alleged Murderer Pleads Not Guilty
    Published May 14, 2012

     
  14. hayaletcatcher

    hayaletcatcher Active Member

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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.
     
  15. MamaJoJo

    MamaJoJo Where did you go?

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    MamaJoJo Where did you go?

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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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    Redux Well-Known Member

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    Speak, and ye shall receive. LOL, I can't believe People did an article on this case just two weeks after you posted, MamaJoJo.

    Shin is still awaiting trial.

    http://www.people.com/article/california-entrepreneur-covers-up-murder
     
  18. MamaJoJo

    MamaJoJo Where did you go?

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    That is weird, Redux! Hopefully that means People will follow the trial a bit. In this article, I was struck by something Shin's lawyer said...

    Does that mean Shin is admitting to killing Chris though it was self defense? "Unplanned", "terrible, "not anticipated", "unfortunate" are not words used to describe someone who had no hand in Chris's demise. There is no excuse, no matter the circumstance, for leading his family to believe that he was galavanting across the globe. I hope the truth comes out and Chris's family get justice.
     

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