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UPDATE: Former Lake Elsinore City Councilman Found Dead; Homicide Investigation Underway

George Alongi was found dead Friday.

6:49 p.m.: The story below has been updated with additional information from police.

Lake Elsinore resident George Alongi, who once served as a council member for his city, has been found dead.

Sgt. Myling Bordeau of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Alongi’s death and said a homicide investigation is underway.

Deputies were called to the Alongi home in the 1000 block of Dolly Way shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found Alongi, 77, who had sustained "traumatic injury to his body," said Sgt. Jeff Buompensiero of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

"Emergency medical personnel were summoned to the scene to render aid, however, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene," the sergeant said.

Buompensiero said a cause of death "will not be released at this time" and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

All was quiet Saturday afternoon along the residential street where Alongi lived.

Manuel Cesena lives across the street from the single-story Alongi home. Police had taped the residence off through the night and they didn’t leave until sometime after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, he said.

“There were a lot of police everywhere,” he said.

Cesena said he saw or heard nothing out of the ordinary at the Alongi home where the deceased allegedly lived with his wife, Grace.

According to some residents, police were questioning neighbors asking if they had seen anything. There are unconfirmed reports that one person was taken into custody.

None of the neighbors Patch spoke with said they knew the Alongis well but said police had been to the residence in the past.

According to a Nov. 2009 Press-Enterprise article, Alongi was removed from the Lake Elsinore City Council in 1999 after a jury found that “he had failed to adequately disclose properties he owned in the city's redevelopment area while continuing to vote on redevelopment matters.”

Patch will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

Brenda March 05, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Lord comments are shut off or something and I will try one more time. I also hope that the police are close to finding out who murdered this man. Its been a few weeks now with no word and I thought I had read in another publication that the stepson or something like that was getting arrested for his murder?
Linda villalobos March 12, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I think this is a sad situation and no one deserves to die like that no matter who or what a person did or didnt do . I will pray for his soul and for his family . Hopefully they find the person or persons that did this horrible thing and george and his family get justice . God bless
TERE HANCOCK March 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM
LE PD Get on this. No arrest and an innocent man was murdered in his home. Something needs to be done. How about an update. This is disgusting.
Brenda March 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I agree Tere. It has been over a month now with not one word on suspects, nothing from the Lake Elsinore Police Department in way of statements. It was obviously not a random murder, or for a burglary, robbery, so he was "someones" target. I did not know this man but it concerns me with another few we have in our Cities that are unsolved, or we had a perpitrator but the case just disappeared off the radar for some reason. Apparently when the perpitrator is well known in the Cities. :/ Praying the LE Police get the much needed information they need to arrest and charge, sentence the person responsible for Mr. Alongi's murder very soon. Has anyone heard of a ransom for information leading to the arrest of the person who committed this crime? I myself make it a point to donate and believe those help to get the "bad guy" because someone else always knows who did it.
Vladimir Parra March 28, 2013 at 04:49 PM
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

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