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Body Found Confirmed As Missing Lake Elsinore Man

A cause of death is yet to be determined by the Riverside County Coroner, but severe weather conditions at the time of Craig Staneart’s initial disappearance are suspected to be a contributing factor.

The search for a missing 63-year-old Lake Elsinore man who suffered from dementia has officially ended.

in the city of Lake Elsinore, Sgt. Marc Cloutier of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.

The body was found in mud near reeds by three residents riding on horseback, the sergeant said.

“They recognized the man from flyers circulating in reference to Craig Staneart's missing person investigation and immediately called the police,” he said.

The Staneart family has been notified and are requesting privacy for a time to mourn, the sergeant added.

A cause of death is yet to be determined by the Riverside County Coroner, but severe weather conditions at the time of Staneart’s initial disappearance are suspected to be a contributing factor, Cloutier said.

The Lake Elsinore man went missing Feb. 7 around 5:30 p.m. from has Maes Avenue home. His family searched for him through the night and an intensive police search was initiated the next day when family reported him missing.

Staneart is survived by his wife of 42 years, four adult children, and grandchildren.

The family moved to Lake Elsinore from Orange County in 1979. Staneart was a general contractor during his career and shortly before his dementia diagnosis was going through the process of applying for the a position with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, his family said.

He was described by the family as a fit man who loved people.

Jenny Nason February 16, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I'm so sorry ....
LE Dad February 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM
so sad .. prayers to the family ..
lovemycountry February 16, 2013 at 04:55 PM
:'(
Shirley Lowe February 16, 2013 at 05:13 PM
I am so very sorry for your loss :(
Constant Comment February 16, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Well I still held out hope that it wasn't him. This is a tragedy. My deepest condolences to Mr. Stanearts family and friends. Just know that he is in a better place than this town.
Peaches1960 February 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
so sad, I am so sorry. praying for the family.
The Teller of Truth February 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
My heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
Karen P February 17, 2013 at 06:31 AM
So sorry to hear this. I was hoping everything would turn out ok. My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.
Lee Ann February 17, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Sorry for the families loss, I will keep them in my prayers
Garnet Barton February 19, 2013 at 05:13 AM
My heart goes out to his family. My husband suffered from dementia and he took his truck out and wrecked it 2 miles off the road in a field. If someone hadn't seen him driving in their yard I would never have found him until the corn was off the field. He died just weeks later in the VA hospital. I know the pain of not knowing where to look. The family goes out in my prayers. Dementia is a horrible disease that takes the light from there eyes and destroys so much.
Sarah Mackelmore February 28, 2013 at 09:09 PM
I'm so sorry, about your loss. I live on Elsinore and saw the flyers at the outlets. I feel horrible. My prayers go out to you .
knowtime2waste March 17, 2013 at 06:03 AM
How sad... RIP Craig

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