The investigation is still ongoing regarding the brutal slaying of local woman, 47-year-old Christine Stewart. The Canyon Lake resident was reported missing on Aug. 6.
Stewart’s body was found a couple of days later on Aug. 8 stuffed inside a suitcase that was left in a Poway hotel room.
“As of right now, all we can report is that the investigation is ongoing and there are no new details I can give,” Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy Albert Martinez said.
He added that the case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s office and any information that comes in gets handed over to the D.A.
“In dealing with a case like this, law enforcement has to be very careful with what information is released so the investigation isn’t jeopardized,” Martinez explained.
Reports suggest that Stewart, who was a behavioral health specialist for Riverside County and the suspect, 28-year-old Joseph Dorsey were dating when she was allegedly murdered in Dorsey’s Lake Elsinore apartment.
Evidence found at Dorsey’s residence led authorities to believe she was murdered in his apartment.
Dorsey hasn’t been seen since and investigators are tracking down all leads.
He is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and 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 with the license plate of 6UDY773.
Law enforcement officials advise the public if they see Dorsey, do not approach him as he may be armed and dangerous.
Anyone who has any information regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to contact 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.
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