Sacto 9-1-1
September 23, 2011
Fatal shooting investigation leads to search of Lincoln home

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com

Roseville police today searched a home in Lincoln as part of their investigation into the killing of a local businessman in May.

Christopher Dale Northam, 44, was shot and killed May 30 at the warehouse in Roseville where he was about to open an innovative new business: indoor skim-boarding. Northam had at least one gunshot wound in the head.

On Friday, homicide investigators from the Roseville Police Department served a search warrant at a home on China Rose Court in Lincoln. Lt. Mark Toupin declined to detail how investigators suspect the home is connected to the case.

"I'm not going to go into the reason for the warrant," Toupin said.

At the time of his death, Northam was reportedly negotiating with a major investor in Dubai who was interested in helping launch and expand the business. Dubbed Skim X, the venture aimed to combine skim-boarding and skateboarding in an indoor water park. Northam was a partner in the business with his son, Christopher J. Northam.

Northam had received death threats shortly before his killing, his uncle told The Bee in June, but considered the threats insignificant and did not report them to police.

Roseville police are still seeking the public's help in solving the murder. Anyone with tips to offer is urged to call the department at (916) 774-5000 or (916) 783-7867.

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