I certainly didn’t start my morning thinking I’d be spending much of the day at a crime scene in Topanga Canyon trying to figure out what had happened to missing music producer Christia Irwin. I went for a training ride on my road bike up Topanga Canyon. As I was coming up into the little village of Fernwood in Topanga, I noticed several helicopters circling above. I also saw Los Angeles Sheriff’s Search and Rescue vehicles along the side of the road. Finally I noticed that every telephone pole had a missing person’s bulletin. It was then that I remembered reading that morning in the Los Angeles Times about a music producer that had disappeared in the area and the involvement of a Nigerian Internet scam. This must be the search for for that person. I rode a few more a few miles and on on my return I saw a KCBS News remote truck prepping for a shoot and even more helicopters were now circling.
I finished my ride and then wrote and published our first posting on the story which was largely an amalgamation of stories from the news media. Even then there were unsettling questions about what had happened. I got my digital camera and drove back to Topanga. I spent the next few hours talking to people in the shops in the area and snapping photos. This time the KABC crew was there and more and different search and rescue workers were on scene. Now that I had a chance to see things first hand, even more questions arose.
I think it is worth noting at this point why Independent Sources is writing about this case in such detail. First, it is an enormous story. A noted music producer who has worked with name acts disappears suddenly after placing a series of bizarre and frightening cell phone calls. Second, we have the possible involvement of Nigerian Internet scam artists. Due to my somewhat lousy spam filter on my home computer, I seem to get one or two such scam letters a week. Scam letters are urban legends and hoaxes aren’t they? No one is really gets hurt, do they? Third, there is the possibility that there is more to this story than what has been released so far. Right now there are more questions than answers but some of the questions lead to conclusions that are quite unsettling. As important as this story is, barring a Natalee Holloway-like focus, the story is unlikely to be covered as fully in traditional news outlets as we will cover it here.
The purpose of this posting is to give you visuals of the scenes described in our earlier posting and the news reports that we’ve read thus far. It should be noted that this is a very fluid situation and the comments below are based on information that has been publicly released at the time of this writing.
This is Christian Irwin’s house in the 19000 block of Grand View Drive in Topanga. This is where it is believed to have all started late Saturday night or early Sunday morning (8/21).
Christian is likely to have gone down this ravine toward 525 South Topanga Canyon Blvd. When he was hiding he reportedly called his friend on a cell phone and told him that he had been chased from his house down a ravine in back by people and possibly dogs.
Sheriff Department dogs were able to track Christian’s scent to this propane shop where he then crossed Topanga Canyon Blvd. (The address of the shop is 525 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.) Christian’s house is located directly up the hill from this structure.
This is directly across the street from 525 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Christian either jumped over this rail or went down the driveway just to the right side of the photograph. His friend reported that “(Christian) was on the run, in the woods and very afraid.”
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue preparing to walk into the Topanga creek which is just off camera and where Christian reported that he was “running downstream” to get away from his pursuers. This is across the street and below 525 S. Topanga. This was the point of the last known contact and the Sheriff’s department dogs lost Christian’s scent not far from here.
The different media outlets have all been here covering a story that simply makes no sense. As LA Sheriff Capt. Rayh Peavy said “We’re considering the worst.” “The circumstances are extremely suspicous to say the least.”
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