Missing since September 13, 1999 from Upland, San Bernardino County, California
Circumstances of Disappearance
Korean War veteran, Jack Irwin was last seen on September 13, 1999, in Upland, CA.
He had befriended two women, Marcia Johnson, 42, and Judy Gellert, 51, and disappeared shortly after signing over access to his finances to them. The two women befriended Irwin in 1999 after purchasing his Mt. Baldy cabin. They began staying with him in his Upland condominium, but moved out before his September 1999 disappearance.
Marcia Johnson reported Irwin missing to Upland police October 3, 1999. She told police Irwin had boarded a train to Seattle, Washington, with $5,000 and a change of clothes, and was never seen since.
Marcia Ann Johnson confessed she shot Irwin in the back of the head, dismembered his body with a chainsaw and disposed of his remains at various locations in the Mt. Baldy area after she became upset with him, when she was arrested in 2001, but later recanted.
Prosecutors eventually showed that after Irwin went missing, Johnson drained his bank accounts, sold his house in Upland and burned down his Mt. Baldy cabin for the insurance money. Johnson was convicted of murder in November 2004. Gellert, who agreed to testify against Johnson, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.
Irwin's body has yet to be recovered.
Investigators Upland Police Department
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Upland Police Department
Agency Case Number: 99276017
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
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