UPDATE: Lake Elsinore Man With Alzheimer's Disease Still Missing

Craig Staneart is described as a white male adult, approximately 6’1” tall, weighing about 185 lbs.

Last week, a 63-year-old Lake Elsinore man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease was reported missing and police say they are still looking for him.

Craig Staneart, who is prone to extreme confusion, wandered away from his home in the 29000 block of Maes Avenue around 5:20 p.m. Feb. 7, according to Sgt. Marc Cloutier of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Staneart is described as a white male adult, approximately 6’1” tall, weighing about 185 lbs. He was last seen wearing a blue denim jacket, red shirt and blue jeans.

Family members reported Staneart missing the morning of Feb. 8.

“The Lake Elsinore Police Department searched the area with the assistance of the department helicopter, and trained search dogs. As of this writing Mr. Steneart's whereabouts are unknown,” Cloutier said.

A missing person flier is being distributed to local law enforcement agencies, the sergeant confirmed.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300 or (951) 776-1099 after regular business hours.

big aunt harry mary February 09, 2013 at 04:44 PM
any word if he's been found yet ?
Toni McAllister (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Police report they are still looking for him.
julian February 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Frost expected tonight; hope they find him.
big aunt harry mary February 10, 2013 at 05:34 AM
i searched all over... nothing... i mean all over !! talked to the lepd, worked with the helo, and still nothing.. again tomorrow...
lh February 10, 2013 at 07:23 AM
I sure hope they find this poor man. I get sick to my stomach thinking about how confused and lost he must be. Breaks my heart!
Beach mom February 10, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Yikes it's so cold outside. Any word yet?
JMO February 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Dang I hope and pray they find him fast this weather is brutal.
Mary Westling February 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
As of 6:00 pm last night there was still no sign of him. Please keep looking.
jmell44 February 10, 2013 at 07:15 PM
My wife and I just pulled in from looking for him all morning, we drove all over the place. It's starting to look pretty grim with this weather. I saw him walk right by my house on McPherson Thursday late afternoon and cut down the lot next to me toward Arnold. I now wish I had watched him further. I thought it was a little odd him cutting down that lot because it's a little steep and it looked as if he was limping a little.
martha melanson February 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Martha Midge Melanson February 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Marylee Drees February 11, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Please fine him father god he needs to be found as soon as posible its freezing out there
JMO February 11, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Jmell Did you go through the field and did you report your last site of him if not plz do. Gawd I hope they find him ok. And I wish they would set up a better search party for him so he could be found today!
JMO February 11, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Toni Can you plz call and ask for an update Thank you..
lh February 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Have there been organized search parties?
Annie blough February 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Any info yet . I know him , I worked with his wife , and the last time I seem him a year ago he had gotten bad .. Please if you get any info please let us know ..
Lisa February 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I just went up that way and searched via car. Didn't see any police nor any search parties. I pray they find this gentleman soon!
shawna February 12, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Theres a command post on the corner of Lakeshore and Dryden. Lets find him people!
jmell44 February 12, 2013 at 03:46 AM
JMO, yes I've been in contact with the police many times since Friday. They had a bloodhound here today to try to pick up his scent. They Two detectives were here today to get as much information as possible. They said they were ramping up the search efforts today. There was a mobile command center set up today on Dryden near Lakeshore.
julian February 12, 2013 at 04:08 AM
What kind of community is this? Do authorities have a helicopter out looking for him? Gosh, he's probably dead by now if he's been sleeping out at night. This is out right tragic.
Mary Westling February 12, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Someone needs to figure out how to get the national media's attention. If this were in the mainstream media it would be much more effective than just local.
Reverend Smith February 12, 2013 at 06:29 AM
I think locals should consider even small areas of high brush, drainage ditches and pipes worthy of searching. Also, maybe down by the lake since it's just down the street. Hikers that like to stroll the hills should keep eyes peeled.
BetterDaysAhead February 12, 2013 at 07:16 AM
Yes. From what I have been informed of and from what you can see in previous comments here on the PATCH, independently organized groups have been assembled doing their best looking for Mr. Staneart. On Saturday, City officials requested the activation of the Lake Elsinore Citizen Corps with its trained and coordinated volunteer force to assemble, respond to be of assistance of our Sheriffs Department. LECC volunteers canvassed homes and businesses on both Saturday and Sunday in areas where Mr. Stanerat had been last seen.
JMO February 12, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Ok this is BS as humans we protect children and elderly, If this were a child there would be full grid ground searches. If this man dies from the elements it is a failure of Civil service and Community. Hay here is a novel Idea lets pretend its life or death, And every min of this freezing cold and the rain he already endured is critical. Oh yeah it is So who is organizing the search RSO???? I'm there just let us know. Put his pic on the news wake up LE and God help him untill then and may he bring him home safe. Wow think about how hungry and thirsty he must be beside cold
LBV Collins February 12, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I hope he's found safe.
jmell44 February 12, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I think the community and authorities have made a concerted effort in trying to locate Craig and are continuing to do so. If the word could get out to every person to check their property (open access to sheds and such) then at least those possibilities could be eliminated. Riverside Transit Agency has flyers posted on their buses in case he had gotten on one.
David Anton February 12, 2013 at 07:03 PM
The satellite view shows a possible route from Lakeshore Drive to Horsethief Canyon Ranch. When she saw the poster on a pole she said I saw him (no height was on the poster, but she said this man was really tall). My wife submitted a report last night claiming she saw a man that looked like Craig on Saturday at approx. 3PM at the top of Horsethief Cyn. Road just down from the riparian preserve trail (Mountain Rd. & Horsethief Cyn. Rd.). Don't stop your efforts @ Lakeshore/Dryden, just consider the possibility. My boots are on and I'll walk the trail to East Horsethief Trail above Pacific Clay.
big aunt harry mary February 13, 2013 at 08:22 AM
the helicopter was out more than once... not only did they do a close low level ground search, they hit the hills and deep canyons where most cant get to. i personally took his daughter well over 300 miles on nearly every path, road , trail and open fenced area i could find. we spend nearly 3 days together looking all over.. el toro rd. and back thru the canyons, behind canyon lake and thru the hills, all over the lake's shore line and parks, from lake to nichols on/off road and on foot. all the areas between the 15 and lakeshore dr... under all the freeway culverts to railroad canyon, even down around the airport and the race track... we didnt miss much and he has still not been found.... very frustrating to try so hard only to end up with empty hands.... hopefully, he pops up and suddenly as he disappeared...
Lisa February 13, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Every business, school, person should do a check around their perimeter of the buildings or homes too. This should be asked of the community.


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