OCEAN BEACH, CA. San Diego Police are still conducting an investigation into what happened to Chris Bowd, the OBcean found unconscious at Newport and Bacon the night of July 4th. Bowd remains unconscious.
To get an update, I spoke with Detective Patrick Hall, who is leading the investigation, and his sergeant. I was informed that CrimeStoppers will be doing something on Bowd’s situation this week. Often, CrimeStoppers does a re-enactment of some crime to assist potential witnesses in coming forward with info.
The police did find some evidence at the corner of Newport and Bacon, but at this time, cannot confirm anything publicly. They are checking various video cameras that were positioned close by that night.
Understandably, the police are remaining tight-lipped about their investigation, so as not to give out too much info in order to stave off false leads.
The police are encouraging anyone with information to call them: you can call Western Division non-emergency number 619-692-4800, or the general number for SDPD at 531-2000, also a non-emergency number. If you have a tip and want to remain anonymous, you can call 888-580-8477.
My last update on Chris himself was from yesterday afternoon: he is still unconscious, still stable and under heavy sedation.
Local mainstream media have been very relunctant to broadcast anything about Chris’ situation for some reason. I shared my frustration with one officer. I asked him, “Can’t you call your contacts with the Union-Tribune to get them to run something (about Bowd)?”
“Are you kidding?” he responded. “We don’t have any friends these days over there.” A sad commentary, indeed.
Local media were all over the story about the young Australian man who was beaten up and left unconscious in a firepit last summer. We heard and watched story after story about him, and finally the two guys who were arrested and convicted in the assault.
But we can’t get them to run anything on Chris. To be fair, Channel 39 did a piece Friday night and posted an online version, and Fox News 5 did a piece as well – but the audio was off the entire broadcast. Plus SignOnSanDiego did a short post. I’m told the Beacon will be running something later this week.
Yet, nothing from the print version of the Union-Tribune, nothing from the following TV channels: 6, 8, 10, and nothing from online news sources like Voiceof SanDiego, San Diego News Network, or the online versions of the Reader or San Diego CityBeat.
If you know anyone at these local media centers or have any connections, please pull on them to get them to cover Chris Bowd’s situation.
We will continue to post updates on Chris’ condition and on the investigation itself. If you find any media on him, please let us know here.