Part V: Christine Walters Missing Person

Miss Caitlin S. of Candyfloss and Persie requested that I comment on the missing person case of Kyron Horman, the missing seven-year-old boy. 

I am happy to announce that a new guest blogger is working on a post related to Kyron's case, and I am looking forward to adding my two-cents to the discussion then (especially as what is being reported about the missing boy's stepmother continues be more and more strange).

In the meantime, I want to provide an update on the Christine Walters' case.  
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Case Summary


On November 12, 2008, twenty-three-year-old Christine Lindsey Walters was transported to a nearby hospital after being found nude and confused on the doorstep of a rural home in Arcata, California.

Evidently, Christine would not disclose any details to police as to her previous whereabouts, but did contact her mother in Wisconsin stating that she had been involved in a "ceremony", and believed that someone was following her.

She was treated medically, allegedly tested negative for drugs, and released from the hospital.

Christine, with the help of her parents, rented a room at a local hotel. Once she was settled, her parents then began arranging for a flight back to her home in Wisconsin.

On November 14th, Christine retrieved some paperwork at a local copy center that her mother had faxed to her. Workers described her behavior as paranoid.

Christine left the copy center and has not been seen since.

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A new poster over at the crime discussion site Peace 4 the Missing, has stirred up quite a bit of discussion regarding Christine's case.

The new poster states that he is "Brian Schider" from Sedona, Arizona.  He describes himself as a psychic and is employed by a small business called the Angels of Enlightenment.

Brian states that he has been volunteering his time investigating the Walters' disappearance (he says has been to the area where she vanished and spoken with dozens of folks) and then is relaying his findings back to the missing woman's family.

What is he saying about the case?

I'll divide some of the new information into two categories:

1) Details Not Contained in the Publicly Available Media Reports
  • Christine checked her MySpace page the day she vanished.
  • The copy center she was last seen was not the closest to her hotel room.
  • Her hotel did not offer guests Internet use (so she had to go somewhere else for access) 
2) Claims about the Case
  • Police mishandled the investigation by focusing on her religious/activist friends 
  • The lead detective's part-time status shows that the police do not care about the case
  • The homeless in the area have not been adequately interviewed or investigated
  • That their have been other disappearances in the area similar to Christine's case  
I address several of these points in my response over at the discussion board, but I did want to highlight the misconception that a part-time detective for a small agency is incapable of bringing a resolution to the case.

*Note: I added a few things to this response for clarification purposes.
To Brian:

...You offer that the lead detective's retired-now-part-time status (Sgt. Dan Paris) shows that the police are disinterested in the case.
In a small agency like this one, having someone who is retired and is not full-time can actually be a benefit rather than a detriment.

The part-timer detective would be exempt from many of the administrative requirements that full-timer officers are burdened with--freeing up lots of time for police work. This would allow him to focus almost exclusively on the investigations that he is working.

The a glimpse of the small number of cases that retired Sgt. Paris is focusing on is contained in this news article.

I am willing to bet that this investigator still works there because he cares, does not need whatever little the county is paying him, and is fully engaged on these cases (likely performing three times the actual hours that are stated on his time card) because he wants to bring some resolution to the families involved.

In sum, it is important to note that part-time, retired, or consultant certainly does not translate into an individual who is unqualified or that the hiring agency is uncaring.
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From the chatter generated after Brian's comments and his desire to post more information pertinent to the case, I expect to have more to report on Christine's strange and sad disappearance.
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The photo was used from Christine Walters' family site, and my previous posts on this case are here.

20 comments:

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Wow, the angel of enlightenment seems to be kind of provocative.

Also, the police are in an interesting position. What if they have already checked with the homeless people and so forth? They will not necessarily say so, especially if it has led to good information.

Another country heard from,
Woo-woo and all,
Ann T.

Herding Cats said...

This case just gets stranger and stranger every time I read about it. I hope it gets resolved in the near future.

LadyFi said...

This chills me to the bone. So sad.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Scary and sad! Thanks for keeping on top of this situation and hope that you will be able to report some goods news on it soon!

Matthew Rush said...

I didn't have time to read Brian's comments but I did look at your reply Slam and I have to say that you made several good points.

Obviously I know next to nothing about the specifics of this case or the details of what this gentleman was describing but you made some very astute observations about blanket statements.

Kudos to you for using your own free time to raise awareness of the tragic situations.

Krista said...

How interesting and sad! Thank you for keeping us posted. Maybe one day she will resurface. I always hope that in cases like this one. :o/

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

If he can tell the future or unknown, then why doesn't he just tell everyone.

Sue said...

I read in the comments there a mention of the Rainbow Family and my heart skipped a beat.

Just recently, the Rainbows have held their large gathering here in the Allegheny National Forest, a short drive from my own. It is estimated that 20,000 people came into the area for this gathering, and law enforcement from other states were brought in to help.

If she did (and this is just a theory that I was not deemed likely) join the Rainbow Family, it would be difficult to track her movements from there on out, as they are drifters and do not have roots.

Many of the local denizens tend to blatantly ignore these people when they are seen begging in town (as many have also been known to steal clothing, money, and other needed items from unsecured locations).

The idea is scary. I hope there are some solid leads soon.

Sue said...

I read in the comments there a mention of the Rainbow Family and my heart skipped a beat.

Just recently, the Rainbows have held their large gathering here in the Allegheny National Forest, a short drive from my own. It is estimated that 20,000 people came into the area for this gathering, and law enforcement from other states were brought in to help.

If she did (and this is just a theory that I was not deemed likely) join the Rainbow Family, it would be difficult to track her movements from there on out, as they are drifters and do not have roots.

Many of the local denizens tend to blatantly ignore these people when they are seen begging in town (as many have also been known to steal clothing, money, and other needed items from unsecured locations).

The idea is scary. I hope there are some solid leads soon.

Sue said...

Oops, I apologize for the duplicate. I got an error message the first time, so I resubmitted. Looks like there was no error after all.

Adie said...

Is it typical for someone related to the case to be disclosing information to the general public? Even if working for the victims family. This is so sad to me. Makes me want to never let my girls leave the house.

Adie said...

Just to clarify I was talking about the psychic.

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BobKat said...

In reading through the "Peace 4 the Missing" website (not a family website), I have the following thoughts:

My understanding is Brian is a healer with herbs and other spiritual means he believes in... I thought he owned the store that Slam mentioned he works for, but may be wrong. He travels, and knows a lot about alternative lifestyles, yet is firmly maintaining he is Christian. He knows a lot about old (forgotten) religions or "new-age" ones.

I want to believe that Brian who posts on "Peace 4 the Missing" is who he says he is, and is genuinely helping the family.

If so, the details he provides are priceless in the effort to find Christine. His knowledge of the many kinds of people and spiritual/religious practices is extraoridinary.

He claims to be working closely with the family, but he has not yet provided proof.

My own theory regarding Christine:

I think, what Christine did prior to her disappearance may have a little to do with her disappearance, but I think what's most important is what Brian describes as the last place she stayed for the night before disappearing. I believe she was invited on a walk from which she never returned. Personally, my opinion, to dwell on the past without talking with the homeless in the area, or anyone else in the area is a mistake. But I also feel, she accepted "an invitation" to perhaps a walk by someone she knew, and trusted (if at best, marginally).

What tea she may have drank, why she showed up at the house naked, why she never stayed in the apartment her mother sent her money for, I believe are mostly irrelevant.

I agree 100% with Slams explanation of a retire detective handling the case. Good chance "pipe-dreams" aren't his concern! Christine is.

WomanHonorThyself said...

thanks for your vigilance my friend.:)

jodeeluna said...

These missing person posts are very interesting. I am glad that there are concerned citizens and law enforcement personnel who investigate these cases.

I look forward to reading more about the missing boy. I find these cases involving children especially disturbing and sad. I wonder how many children are found because concerned citizens look into the case. That would be an interesting post.

carma said...

hmmmm...this is incredibly bizarre. had not heard about this case before. I agree with you about the part-time detective part - those are the guys who usually solve the cases on Dateline/48 Hours- they have plenty of time to delve into things

Brian said...

I would like to clear the record. I do not work with herbs as a healer. I am one of the Co-owners of Angels of Enlightenment. It is not typical for someone to release info to the public.
The reason I reached out to Peace for the Missing is because there is information that needs to be in the public's eye. Anita contacted me at the end of December of 2008. I promised her I would help in any way possible. I have not charged her or will I ever. I do believe the hundreds of hours I have spent on this does qualify me to speak out. The police should have the same information as the investigators and myself. I have proven myself to Anita, she knows I am helping because I care. The information that needs to come to the publics eye are relevant facts that may lead to answers. I have started to contact web admins to release the new updates from the private investigations with Anita's permission and at her request. I have done everything Anita has asked me to do when it comes to releasing information. If the EPD were looking into the investigative findings, I wouldn't have to come forward. It is important to read every fact of Christine's disappearance over and over. In the last 6 months I have started to look up blogs and websites on Christine. With everything that I have read, there is this amazing community of people sending support and asking questions that could help find her. It's touching to see this because the internet has been her voice and even contributed to the private investigation. I have noticed parts of Christine's story that is misleading. I will not be discussing that now. The new information will be released soon.

Paris said that it is not uncommon for people to just disappear because they want to. I have not found any other reported missing person case where what Paris says is true. What is he referring to? Who? I made statements about the police not caring and how a retired officer doesn't work as hard. I know these opinions are strong and even over-critical. The recent article,( posted by slam dunk) spoke about a man that went missing in 2003. He was trying to get home too. In 2007 his femur was found. It is now 2010. Three years after this finding and no official report has been made to determine the cause of death. The Eureka PD has had 3 years to come up with an answer other then " Foul Play is not suspected." Are we to believe a young man died of natural cause and part of his body magically appeared in and around Cooper Gulch Park? Look at how the EPD handles cases and even simple calls. Maybe they are not uncarring, it could be laziness or not enough training in sensitive cases. Anita is disgusted with how they have handled the case. Something is not being done on their part in terms of an in depth investigation consisting of dozens of interviews or a physical search. It took them a week to follow up on another bone being found. I know people want me to backup what I say. I hope this helps. I mentioned a professional search of Cooper Gulch Park with a highly trained cadaver K-9. In May of 2009 the EPD denied the possibility of bodies in the woods and even said it was possible for body oils to leak from the cemetary to the park. They dug in one area. That is far from a proper dig. Now a year later, the police acknowledge bodies in the woods. Something is seriously wrong.

Brian said...

I would like to clear the record. I do not work with herbs as a healer. I am one of the Co-owners of Angels of Enlightenment. It is not typical for someone to release info to the public.
The reason I reached out to Peace for the Missing is because there is information that needs to be in the public's eye. Anita contacted me at the end of December of 2008. I promised her I would help in any way possible. I have not charged her or will I ever. I do believe the hundreds of hours I have spent on this does qualify me to speak out. The police should have the same information as the investigators and myself. I have proven myself to Anita, she knows I am helping because I care. The information that needs to come to the publics eye are relevant facts that may lead to answers. I have started to contact web admins to release the new updates from the private investigations with Anita's permission and at her request. I have done everything Anita has asked me to do when it comes to releasing information. If the EPD were looking into the investigative findings, I wouldn't have to come forward. It is important to read every fact of Christine's disappearance over and over. In the last 6 months I have started to look up blogs and websites on Christine. With everything that I have read, there is this amazing community of people sending support and asking questions that could help find her. It's touching to see this because the internet has been her voice and even contributed to the private investigation. I have noticed parts of Christine's story that is misleading. I will not be discussing that now. The new information will be released soon.

Paris said that it is not uncommon for people to just disappear because they want to. I have not found any other reported missing person case where what Paris says is true. What is he referring to? Who? I made statements about the police not caring and how a retired officer doesn't work as hard. I know these opinions are strong and even over-critical. The recent article,( posted by slam dunk) spoke about a man that went missing in 2003. He was trying to get home too. In 2007 his femur was found. It is now 2010. Three years after this finding and no official report has been made to determine the cause of death. The Eureka PD has had 3 years to come up with an answer other then " Foul Play is not suspected." Are we to believe a young man died of natural cause and part of his body magically appeared in and around Cooper Gulch Park? Look at how the EPD handles cases and even simple calls. Maybe they are not uncarring, it could be laziness or not enough training in sensitive cases. Anita is disgusted with how they have handled the case. Something is not being done on their part in terms of an in depth investigation consisting of dozens of interviews or a physical search. It took them a week to follow up on another bone being found. I know people want me to backup what I say. I hope this helps. I mentioned a professional search of Cooper Gulch Park with a highly trained cadaver K-9. In May of 2009 the EPD denied the possibility of bodies in the woods and even said it was possible for body oils to leak from the cemetary to the park. They dug in one area. That is far from a proper dig. Now a year later, the police acknowledge bodies in the woods. Something is seriously wrong.