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Detectives search Irvine business in slaying of Internet executive

September 4, 2011 |  9:14 am

Christopher Ryan Smith Orange County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators searched an Irvine business Friday in connection with the death of Christopher Ryan Smith of Laguna Beach, an official confirmed.

With a warrant, authorities searched a business in the 18000 block of Sky Park Drive around 11:15 a.m., a Sheriff's Department official said Saturday, according to the Daily Pilot.

Smith, a 32-year-old Internet executive, was allegedly killed by his business partner, Edward Younghoon Shin of Irvine, in their San Juan Capistrano office. Shin is also accused of using Smith's email account to message Smith's family in Oregon. The emails said Smith was traveling in Africa.

Shin was arrested last week and charged with Smith's killing. The charges capped an investigation that began several months ago.


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Photo: Christopher Ryan Smith. Credit: Smith family.