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Grisly Details Emerge As Police Hunt For Alleged Lake Elsinore Killer

As police search for Lake Elsinore resident Joseph Dorsey in connection with the killing death of a Canyon Lake woman, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office has filed a murder charge.

A Lake Elsinore man who may be on the run will face a murder charge when police find him.

Today, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office announced it filed one count of murder against 27-year-old Joseph David Dorsey in connection with the “brutal slaying” of Canyon Lake resident Christine Stewart, whose body was found Wednesday stuffed inside a suitcase located in a Poway motel room.

It is alleged that 47-year-old Stewart was killed in Riverside County and her body taken by Dorsey to a Best Western Motel in Poway.

“Evidence found at Dorsey’s apartment on Main Street in Lake Elsinore when a search warrant was served there on Aug. 6, 2012, leads authorities to believe that Stewart had been there before she was murdered,” the DA’s office announced today.

During the course of their investigation, homicide detectives learned Dorsey had checked into a room at the Best Western on Poway Road, but he never checked out, according to the DA’s office.

“Motel employees took possession of property Dorsey left inside the room, including a large rolling suitcase, approximately 3 feet long and 18 inches wide and deep,” the DA’s office reported. “Homicide investigators found the body of Stewart, who was about 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 100 pounds, inside the suitcase.”

Stewart worked as a behavioral health specialist at a county drug rehabilitation facility in Hemet, according to the DA’s office.

A warrant for Dorsey’s arrest was issued today. The pair had been reported missing by police earlier this week. The two had been in a dating relationship at the time of their disappearance, which was reported to police Aug. 4.

The DA’s office and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are actively seeking the public’s help in locating Dorsey, who should be considered dangerous and has a prior prison record. He is described as 6’1” tall, about 200 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He is possibly driving a dark blue 2003 Ford Explorer SUV with gray primer on the hood and front fender. The vehicle has a California license plate of 6UDY773.

Anyone with information about Dorsey or his vehicle is urged to call Investigator James Merrill of the Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or Investigator Ronnie Rosas of the Perris Station at (951) 210-1000.

Vince August 16, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Tot...I kinda figgered you could type while sleep walking....since most of the stuff you toss up seems to come from someone in a semi-conscious state...
Vince August 16, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Well...all good things must end...time for my meds, then off to another night of being restrained until the dawn's early light---these darn Doctor's at this here nuthouse i am in don't have near the sense of humor as you two imbeciles! Now ya got's plenty of time to come up with better stuff then you have thus far: "Tweeker, and Homo, and Psycho (Oh My!!)"...You little scamps are good!
UCLA Grad August 21, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thanks for the heads up Vince. I immediately noticed something was amiss when a couple of these patch "e-thugs" took offense to my very first post and began humping my leg. Watching some of the regulars vie for alpha male/female superiority would be funny, if it wasn't so pathetic.
Victoria August 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Steve as her cousin I would like it if you didn't talk that way about besides when did it become ok for men to chase after younger women? can you tell me that.
Walter Stevens November 14, 2012 at 02:45 PM
All of you tweekers from the tony crew in menifee need to show respect. go chat about ur terrible guitar and blues garbage elsewhere u suck! God bless that poor womans family grief

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