Body Found; Believed To Be That Of Missing Lake Elsinore Man

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is expected to make an announcement shortly.


A body has been found and police believe it may be that of

The body was reportedly found off Nichols Road in Lake Elsinore by riders on horseback today.

The Staneart family has been notified.

The coroner’s office has not released identification on the body.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is expected to make an announcement shortly.

he Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station has been conducting an intensive search for him and missing person fliers had been posted throughout Southwest Riverside County.

Check back for updates.

Brenda February 16, 2013 at 03:50 AM
K, I think its totally opposite, and that people are caring and feel more searching, more attention could have been put into finding this man. Obviously he was on foot and walking around in circles perhaps. No one is making hateful or negative comments just wishing they all could have done more to find him. :/ This is very sad and I cannot image the families pain and the loss of a husband/father at such a young age. This should not have happened in this day and age of caretakers, rapid response of officers when someone disabled or a child is missing. RIP Craig and if there was foul play involved at all I hope those responsible are found. Your body, soul and mind are free to fly with the Angels now Craig so enjoy the ride :)
Staneart member February 16, 2013 at 04:02 AM
as a family member, I want everyone to know there were bloodhounds, there were helicopters, there were search teams and EVERYONE THAT HELPED are blessed people and I am very happy that Craig is now at peace (at home in heaven). Thank you for everyone's help whether it was putting up flyers, posting on Twitter and Facebook, participating in search parties or praying. Thank you
Daniel February 16, 2013 at 04:26 AM
JMO, there was indeed a command post set up on lakeshore between terra cotta and Dryden in the field. There were quite a few volunteers out also looking for him. Why there weren't briefings 2x a day I don't know there were a lot of people looking for him. It is sad what happened to him and NO one searching for him wanted this outcome
La Toya Despain February 16, 2013 at 04:33 AM
I personally helped in the search, and the only thing I can come up with is there were just not enough volunteers soon enough. At this point I'm comforted by knowing that in his childlike state of mind he is definitely with our Lord in Heaven. Condolences to the family~La Toya
Terry shifflet February 16, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Craig and Dara, I am sorry for your loss!! Thoughts and prayers to both of you and your family!! Terry
Opi February 16, 2013 at 06:24 AM
It is very heart breaking they were unable to find him and my heart goes out to his family. There were extensive efforts made to find him and I know first hand volunteers were used. They are very saddened they did not find him.
Marylee Drees February 16, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Im so sorry my heart breaks for u and ur family r.i.p. my prayers and thoughts r with u all just want u to know we didnt stop looking for u everywhere we went we looked marylee
Arthur Spooner February 16, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Sorry for your loss.
Arthur Spooner February 16, 2013 at 06:40 AM
colleen February 16, 2013 at 07:06 AM
U all that have made ignorsnt comments such as if there was a command center set up. U obviously don't live in elsinore because there was one. I would take my kids to school each day for a week I seen the sherrifs out there with atvs dogs and walking up and dow that hill. Now nicoles road is like a tarain road that is dirt and leads in the back of to gutterson . Stop talking like u know what ur saying when u don't have your facts straight oh and for having to wait for a community search party. We all were looking. U shouldnt have to wait for a party to look.
Maureen Foster Davis February 16, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Lisa and Ann and family, I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking about you all....My prayers to you all.
TVOR February 16, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Condolances to this man's family and friends.
Mamaw714 February 16, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Ken, guess you haven't gone all the way along Nichols road before. There are spots that are pretty isolated. Also, if you actually read the stories on this tragedy, you would have read the body was found "OFF Nichols Rd." Check your facts before you say something like this. Oh, btw, were you out looking for this poor man? Didn't think so.
Anthony February 16, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I'm with Ken. This search was a joke. And rain or no rain, Blood hounds still could have been effective. Another needless tragedy in LE
Shawna Cromley February 16, 2013 at 08:30 PM
So Sad! My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. I so hoped for a better outcome. RIP Craig Staneart!!
Sjeff February 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Coleen nobodys making ignorant comments. And yes I am from Elsinore, been here since 1989. Its a small town, we should have been able to find him. I think that's all anyone is expressing. We all were hoping for a good outcome and most including myself were on the lookout for him. Its heartbreaking to hear where he was and the bloodhounds, helicopters and sheriffs still couldnt find him on or around Nichols. RIP Mr. Staneart.
Reverend Smith February 18, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Sounds like the body was found in water. That would throw off the bloodhounds. No one knows, and perhaps never will. But it has to be considered this guy just didn't want to go on. He may have been gone the first night of his absence. He just may have gone to a place he knew wouldn't make it easy for searchers to find his body. Perhaps he did this to lessen the shock to those looking for him by allowing the fact of his missing to gradually cause them to consider then accept his absence and likely death.
Billie February 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM
I completely agree with you K, im sorry for your friends loss, and peoples opinions i think other than sympathies are just not needed..
Becky Honkington February 19, 2013 at 04:30 PM
My heartfelt condolences to Dara and Craig.
jane Doe February 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM
I'm closely involved in this process and I have information that isn't in the media. They did a through search but there is a waiting period before this type of search is launched. Also the family has had this happen to them before so this wasn't reported until Friday. The family had been told by the police that if he left and went missing again they would have to take him to a state run facility. We have been very very thankful for everyones help and prayers. It does make you frustrated that we can't track people like this with a chip device or something. We aren't sure what day it passed away yet. The mud that he was wrapped in preserved him. That would have saved his life. At this point it doesn't look like foul play and he succumbed to the elements.
Zygo February 21, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Curious about the complainers on here. Did they volunteer their time and help search? Have any of them taken CERT training and volunteered their time as part of a CERT team for 'their' community? It's easy to sit back and criticize the efforts of others, especially when those efforts are not successful . . . and especially when the criticizer hasn't bother to lift a finger of their own to help.
valerie sund February 23, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Yes, I volunteered my time. I am also CERT Trainned. We should have had more people looking for this Father, Husband, Resident of our Community. I feel the family members did an excellent job looking for their loved one. My heart goes out to them all.
valerie sund February 24, 2013 at 02:45 PM
What a wonderful memorial the family had for their father yesterday. The family made me feel so welcome. A beautiful white cross was put up near the location where Craig's body was found. Rest in Peace Craig
thedaughter February 27, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Who's Jane do...? This man delivered me & you only SOUND, like you think you know more than everyone, including family... So just curious where you get your info... Because its totally incorrect.
Dara Carrescia February 28, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Hi Valerie Sund, Thank you so much for all of the love you have shown our family. I loved talking with you at my dad's cross raising memorial & appreciate your kind & loving heart more than words can express.
Dara Carrescia February 28, 2013 at 07:44 AM
On behalf of Craig's family, we'd like to thank all of you for your continued prayers. The love & support this community has shown our family has been nothing less than amazing. Thank you for printing & posting flyers, for your search efforts, & for helping to get the word out. We are truly grateful.
Family February 28, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Jane Doe, you don't know what your talking about. The police never made such a statement to the family and the elements were NOT listed as the cause of death.
Family February 28, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Sir, what you suggest "has to be considered" is the farthest theory from the truth that has no basis in understanding the character or thought process of the great man you refer to as "this guy." I will take your comments as ignorance as well as a lack of understanding in order to avoid taking additional offense to your not so well thought out comments.
Family February 28, 2013 at 09:33 PM
It seems that there will always be a very few around who will ignorantly comment for no other reason than to gain attention for themselves. Unfortunately, when tragedy strikes there will always be a "jane doe" making foolish self serving comments after the fact.
Nikki March 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Please think of how your words will be taken before you write them out. This family has been through more than most of us will ever know. Just keep them in your thoughts and prayers and leave them be. Rest in Peace Craig


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