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Followup to the 419 story

Steven Lichter (
Sat, 27 Aug 2005 14:05:10 GMT

Missing Music Producer Found, Hospitalized


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nearly weeklong search for a Grammy-nominated
producer ended Friday after a resident spotted the man sitting naked
in a backyard creek, washing his jeans.

The Topanga Canyon resident found a distraught Christian Julian Irwin
saying he feared he was being pursued by Nigerians who had contacted
him in an Internet scam, sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy said.

Peavy said there was no evidence anyone was actually pursuing the
48-year-old producer, who has worked with Carly Simon and David Bowie,
among others.

Irwin was taken into custody because he was deemed mentally incompe-
tent and possibly dangerous to himself, Peavy said. He was found at
about 4:30 p.m. and agreed to go with police about two hours later
after negotiations in which authorities, at Irwin's request, located
his sister to help calm him.

Irwin was questioned by medical and mental health workers and taken to
a hospital to make sure he was in good physical health. He was to be
transferred to another hospital for observation.

Authorities began looking for Irwin on Sunday after he made a panicked
phone call to a friend, saying he was being pursued by people with
dogs. He told his friend he was running through water and had lost
his glasses and shoes in a creek.

Topanga Canyon, a rustic area long a favorite with artists and
musicians, is about 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles in the Santa
Monica Mountains.

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