Christopher Ryan Smith, Missing Man Said to be Murdered by Business Partner, Subject of Search That May Have Yielded Clues
|Christopher Ryan Smith|
Edward Younghoon Shin, Smith's 32-year-old business partner, allegedly confessed to the slaying but reportedly has not indicated where he put the body.
About 125 deputies and volunteers combed an area of Boulevard, which is near the border and two miles south of Route 94, all day Saturday. Orange County sheriff's officials would not indicate what exactly was found or if human remains were included.
|Courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department|
|Edward Younghoon Shin, an Irvine family man, allegedly killed his partner.|
The accused left Smith's family and friends email messages that were claimed to be from him as he traveled the world. His family figured out it was not Smith sending the messages and pressed cops and private investigators to probe the disappearance. The eventually led to the 800xchange offices and traces of blood and other clues that led to Shin's arrest for murder.
Despite having enough evidence to charge the pair, authorities still had no body. Smith's family and the Orange County Sheriff's Department collaborated last year on an OC Sheriff's Blog page aimed at generating leads that would hopefully uncover the body. No one is yet saying how the trail ended up in tiny Boulevard.
- Christopher Ryan Smith Family and Sheriff's Department Use Blog in Hopes of Finding Murder Victim's Body