Found Deceased CA - Christopher Woitel, 50, San Francisco, 9 Jan 2021

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  1. PommyMommy

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    San Francisco police seek man missing for over a month (ktvu.com)

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    San Francisco police are asking for help in locating a man reported missing in January and are circulating a photo in the hope someone might recognize him.
    • Christopher Woitel, 50, was reported missing by his mother on Jan. 13.
    • He last contacted her via SM on Jan. 9 and has not been heard from since.
    • Woitel lives on Guerrero Street in the Mission District and is known to frequent Emeryville and Sonora.
    • He is a white male, 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
    • Police ask anyone who sees Woitel to contact their local LE and be prepared to provide his current location and clothing description.
    Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call the SFPD 24-hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a text to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

    San Francisco Police Department | Facebook
     
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  3. PommyMommy

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    Noting:
    1. Christopher has lived in San Francisco since his 1988 graduation from high school in Oak Park, Illinois, just outside Chicago.
    2. Mark Guarino, who is handling media relations for the Woitel family, disclosed Woitel's sexual orientation to the Bay Area Reporter Feb 11 — and that his family members are traveling to the Bay Area this week.
    3. They plan to distribute fliers outside Woitel's apt Fri, Feb 12, at 1 p.m.
    4. Per Guarino's release, Woitel's family has been seeking police assistance for several weeks and has asked the dept to open an investigation. SFPD issued its news release only days before Woitel's family arrived in the Bay Area.
    5. Guarino also told the B.A.R. and other media outlets in a news release that a PI hired by the Woitel family had completed his report Feb 5. The PI went into Woitel's apartment and found it seemingly unscathed.
    6. Woitel's mother is quoted in the report as stating that her son's credit card and bank accounts are untouched.
    7. The report also states that security camera footage at his apt last shows Woitel on Jan 8 at 8:38 p.m.
    8. The PI's investigation did lead "to the profession of a homeless man living in a tent encampment in Emeryville who said Woitel was murdered, [and] his body deposited in the Bay at the end of Mariposa Street."
    9. "Woitel had befriended the homeless man years earlier in an effort to help him off the street. The man was in possession of Woitel's cellphone when Williams [the PI] interviewed him February 2. The investigation also revealed the man is allegedly wanted for aggravated assault charges in Pennsylvania," it says.
    10. "Further evidence is a trail of social media and text messages that show Woitel's frantic state of mind regarding the homeless man's possession of his phone and anxiety over the recent U.S. Capitol insurrection in Washington," the statement reads. "Surveillance video shows the homeless man coming and going from Woitel's apartment."
    11. Per the report, the homeless man claimed he had purchased the phone from Woitel on Jan 7 for $100. (The PI left him with the phone.)
    12. The homeless man claimed to know about the alleged murder because he has "strong psychic abilities" and had seen a vision of Woitel being "shot in the head and wrapped in plastic before his body was dumped in the water at the end of Mariposa Street in San Francisco near an abandoned warehouse."
    13. The man gave the PI the names of those who were responsible.
    14. The PI added in the report that "it is clear [the homeless man] suffers from mental illness and as such could be delusional."
    15. "I would recommend to the family that a detective from the SFPD make contact with [the man] and follow-up with the statements he has made pertaining to Christopher's disappearance," the report concludes.
    16. Asked if the SFPD had been inside Woitel's apartment, PIO Robert Rueca told the B.A.R. Feb 11 that "with the assistance of a responsible party officers made entry into Mr. Woitel's residence, but were unable to locate him there."
     
  4. Koukla17

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    Wow, what a story! I hope LE follows up with the man, especially since he has Christopher's cell phone.
     
  5. PommyMommy

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    FEB 11, 2021
    Christopher Woitel has been missing for over a month. His family is turning to the community for help. – The San Francisco Examiner (sfexaminer.com)
    [...]

    He’s also known as a gentle, giving man, the middle child in a family of eight from Chicago. The family says Woitel has an accepting outlook on life, and is notorious for inviting people in need into his apartment, including those experiencing homelessness.

    “He just is a very compassionate person about things that were going on in the world, people who were not given a fair shake. I think he sees things through that lens,” said MG, a journalist and childhood friend of Woitel.

    [...]

    “It was always a little concerning, and he didn’t really like to talk to me about it too much because I would always say ‘What are you doing, why are you doing that?’” JB said.

    [...]

    In an efforts to launch a wide-spread search, Woitel’s family will hand out flyers and postcards on Friday to passersby in the area of Market and Guerrero streets, Woitel’s neighborhood. As the days go by, the family just wants answers.

    “Somebody out there has information. Somebody out there knows what happened to Chris and knows where he is,” MW [brother] said. “We just need to know. We need to bring him home.”

    [...]
     
  6. PommyMommy

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    FEB 12, 2021
    “Please tell Lara to check her messages. It’s urgent,” Chris Woitel, a 50-year-old computer programmer living on Guerrero Street, wrote to his niece just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 9.

    LH, his sister, tried to call him back, but there was no answer.

    To this day, that message – left in a tone of panic – is the last anyone has heard from Woitel, according to his friends and family.

    [...]

    In the days leading up to Woitel’s disappearance, family members said he was acting strange and paranoid — writing unusual posts on Facebook, obsessing over the D.C. Capitol riots, asking for money to replace a lost cell phone and talking about an escape to the mountains.

    [...]

    “Do me a favor and put some money in my account,” Woitel texted LH, explaining he wanted to stay with friends in the mountains. “75 bucks isn’t going to get me very far.”

    Soon after, Woitel stopped responding to calls and texts. On Jan. 8, Woitel’s bank account ceased activity. His friends who owned property in the mountains told Woitel’s family they had not seen him.

    Surveillance footage inside Woitel’s three-story apartment building at 65 Guerrero St. shows him enter his third-floor apartment on Jan. 8 at 8:38 p.m. But cameras never captured Woitel emerging from his apartment in the following days, according to a report by private investigator Scott Williams.

    [...]

    “There were no signs of Christopher and no signs of any foul play,” Williams wrote, noting that the chain lock on his front door was still engaged.

    The only way Woitel could have left, Williams noted, was through the back door and the back steps. But Williams reviewed surveillance footage of the back steps, which captures movements at night.

    Woitel was nowhere to be seen.

    [...]

    ... in recent years, he fell out of steady work and lived on disability because of his depression, his family said.

    Despite the troubles he faced, everyone Mission Local spoke to for this story described Woitel as a man of extreme generosity.

    [...]

    That generosity often extended to some of the many people living on San Francisco’s streets. After Woitel’s longtime romantic partner died roughly a decade ago, Woitel coped by “taking care of people,” LH said. “One of his big things is homeless people.”

    SW, Woitel’s longtime neighbor who moved last August, said Woitel would bring food to homeless people as often as once a week. Sometimes, SW said, Woitel would let them use his shower.

    [...]

    Several years ago, Woitel helped a homeless man who goes by “Bood.” At some point in the last several years, Woitel invited Bood to stay at his Guerrero Street apartment to recover from a leg injury, friends and family said. The two men developed a friendship.

    [...]

    Over the course of their friendship, Woitel became romantically infatuated with Bood, according to Woitel’s close friend JR, who met Woitel through friends. Although Bood did not reciprocate the attraction, Woitel often allowed Bood to spend the night at his apartment. He frequently gave Bood money and paid his phone bills, Reyes said.

    Friends who observed the relationship worried it was toxic. “He would waste his bank account on whatever Bood wanted,” JR said, noting that friends felt the arrangement had gone too far.

    [...]

    But Woitel was allured by Bood — his burly build, dominant presence, and his affinity for Satanism and the occult, JR said. JR warned Woitel to be careful: Bood could turn on him one day.

    On Jan. 7, at 9:54 p.m., less than 48 hours before Woitel went missing, surveillance footage captured Bood entering Woitel’s apartment. The next day, at 5:45 a.m., the footage shows Bood leave. He did not return, according to footage reviewed by Williams, the private detective. Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9, there is no footage of Bood entering or leaving the apartment.

    But that night, the night before Woitel went missing, Woitel messaged Bood on Facebook. Bood had been using Woitel’s Facebook account to send messages to people Bood knew.

    “You f***ing *******! DONE. THAT’S IT. ENOUGH. You are on your own,” Woitel wrote to Bood. “You are far too much trouble. Phone number? Get your own. I’m not paying for you to harass people. You are an *******. Don’t ever come here again!”

    Bood did not respond. Soon after, Woitel went missing.

    Three weeks later, on Jan. 29, Bood wrote on Facebook that he heard Woitel had been “jumped and robbed for his computers.” He added that Woitel was “killed” by people named “Nigel, Alonzo, lc, and Eric.”

    Bood had a similar story for Williams, the private investigator.

    On the morning of Feb. 2, Williams visited Bood at a homeless encampment near SAE Expression College on Shellmound Street in Emeryville. It is unclear how Williams knew Bood was in possession Woitel’s phone, but he asked Bood why he had it. Bood responded that Woitel had sold it to him for $100 when he visited Woitel on Jan. 7. (Friends and family believe Bood may have stolen the phone or Woitel lent it to him, as he had in the past).

    Bood showed the detective the phone, and it was “dead and wet,” Williams wrote in his report.

    [...]

    He blamed the killing on “Alonzo” and someone named “William.”

    “[Bood] was rambling nonsensical things ... I asked him why they would do such a thing to Christopher and he replied, ‘they robbed him for his computers.’”

    Despite believing that Bood was “bad news,” JR believes that Bood would have had difficultly harming Woitel by himself given his bad leg. “He couldn’t have moved his body,” JR said, “because he could barely walk.”

    [...]

    The most peculiar part of the case, Williams said, is footage showing Woitel entering his apartment but none of him leaving. “That’s what makes this case so strange.”

    LH, Woitel’s sister, said she met with the police on Thursday. They told her they would begin investigating Woitel’s disappearance in earnest because there were “unique circumstances that led them to believe they should start investigating,” she recalls them saying. She said police were vague on what those circumstances were.

    Haben also said they would issue warrants to enter Woitel’s apartment and other “things” — which they did not specify.

    [...]

    HN, Woitel’s neighbor, had another theory. He often noticed Woitel try to avoid two friends that frequently visited him at his Guerrero Street apartment — men HN could only describe as “funky” and “thugs from the underworld.”

    “It seemed strange he would have these friends,” Nelson said.

    [...]
     
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    They need to scour every inch of all of the apartments as well as attics, rooftops, crawlspaces etc.
     
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    Quoting myself to add link to the above article. Oops. :oops:

    Police investigating the mysterious disappearance of Christopher Woitel — one month later - Mission Local
     
  10. Koukla17

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    What if after CW entered his appt on 1.8, he had some sort of mental breakdown causing him to not respond to his family on 1.9. Perhaps he was in the appt for a few days. I wonder if LE or the detective looked at all footage from 1.8 until when LE entered on 1.13 or later date based on the mom's missing person's report.
     
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    :oops: This comment may come across as ignorant, but I'm serious...are they absolutely sure that the man in the video is Chris?:confused: He's covered from head to toe except for his hands and a bit of skin near his eyes. I'm bothered by the way he immediately looks up and to his left when he enters the door and appears to purposefully turn away from the camera pointing directly at his face. MOO
     
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    It is interesting as it appears the person does look at something - could be a mailbox or building bulletin, or maybe the super lives there. The walk seems tired, not rushed like someone hiding their identity may be, so it could be CW. I wonder if the person's height matches (can compare to door frame).
     
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    At 8:38 p.m. on January 8, surveillance footage from the apartment building at 65 Guerrero Street shows Christopher Woitel returning to his residence. He hasn’t been seen since — but surveillance video never shows him leaving his home.

    The month-long disappearance of Woitel, 50, has only gotten stranger with time. Woitel, a San Francisco resident since the 1980s, was reported missing by his mother on Jan. 13. She says her last contact with him was on Jan. 9 — the day after his last sighting on surveillance footage — and his bank account and credit cards have been unused since early January.
    Video shows an SF man at home. A month later, he's nowhere to be found.
     
  17. Limecat

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    I find it scary and confounding that there’s no footage of him leaving the apartment! MOO
     
  18. rosesfromangels

    rosesfromangels Amateur speculations and opinion only

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    How about Homeless Guy? Was he seen entering or leaving the apartment during that time frame?
    Amateur opinion and speculation
     
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    Exactly! Didn’t think of that...brain fog is real.
     
  20. BoyThatsWeird

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    Reminds me of a recent case that I can't think the name of. Suspect was captured on camera entering an apartment, but not leaving. It was bc she left deceased and in a suitcase. Praying that this isn't the case here.
     

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