John Eisenman, 60, charged with first-degree murder and jailed in Spokane


A Washington State father is accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend after selling them to a sex trafficking ring, police say.

John Eisenman, 60, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Spokane County Jail on a $ 1 million bond for the horrific murder of 19-year-old Andrew Sorensen, who was repeatedly stabbed and killed before hiding his rotten body. The trunk of an abandoned car last month.

Cpl. Nick Briggs, a spokesman for the Spokane Police Department, said the allegations that Sorensen was involved in sex trafficking were merely coming from Eisenman.

“We cannot confirm the veracity of any of those statements,” Briggs told The Spokesman-Review.

Eisenman’s youngest daughter is not identified because she may be a victim of sex trafficking. He now lives in California, records show.

Sorensen’s parents say that Eisenman and his family are demonizing their son, who was born with autism and cerebral palsy.

His parents adopted him when he was just six months old and said he was ‘not capable of carrying sex with anyone’.

‘Our son’s IQ was 81,’ said Theresa Sorensen, the teen’s mother. ‘If anyone can benefit, it is him.’

Briggs said the investigation into Sorensen’s murder is ongoing. No date has been set for Eisenman’s next court appearance.

John Eisenman, 60, (present in court) is charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Spokane County Jail on $ 1 million bond

Aaron Sorensen's decomposed corpse was found in the trunk of an abandoned car on East Everett Avenue in Spokane last month, police said.  Detectives believe he was killed last November

Aaron Sorensen’s decomposed corpse was found in the trunk of an abandoned car on East Everett Avenue in Spokane last month, police said. Detectives believe he was killed last November

There one She said her son and Eisenman’s daughter were longtime friends and that it was painful to learn the details of her son’s tragic death.

“We didn’t get to tell our side of the story,” said Theresa Sorensen. ‘Because there’s so much more to come out of all this.’

The Sorensen family released a statement Tuesday, revealing their year-long promise to find their son. He described Eisenman’s recent confessions as ‘painful’.

“We have spent a year searching for him and hope he will return,” Sorensens said in a statement. ‘The rights of his confessed murderer have been very painful and have only added to the misery of our family.

The word ‘alleged’ means an incident without evidence. It’s already been reported: The FBI and the Washington State Patrol both said there was no sex trafficking investigation into the victims.

His family said his lawyers and police advised him not to speak publicly about the investigation.

Amber Hellman, a resident of Rochester Heights Park, said her boyfriend and another friend noticed the stolen 1991 Honda Civic on their street for a while.

Amber Hellman, a resident of Rochester Heights Park, said her boyfriend and another friend noticed the stolen 1991 Honda Civic on their street for a while.

According to a police press release, Eisenman found out last October that his then-girlfriend, Sorensen, had been sexually trafficked to Seattle for $ 1,000.

He was able to save the girl from the city and bring her to Spokane that month.

He learned that Sorensen was going to the address at Airway Heights, so he drove there and waited for the 19-year-old to arrive.

‘During that encounter, Eisenman abducted the victim, tied him up and put him in the trunk of the vehicle. Eisenman subsequently struck the victim’s head with a cinder block and then repeatedly stabbed him to death, ”police said.

‘After the assassination, Eisenman drove the vehicle to a remote area of ​​North Spokane County and abandoned the car still inside.’

The car had been left in the countryside for the past month, when someone drove it to Spokane and left it on East Everett Avenue. Authorities said they do not believe the man knew the corpse in the back.

The corpse was found when people began searching the vehicle.

Amber Hellman, her boyfriend and another friend said they had noticed the car had been there for some time.

‘They were looking around and for some reason, they decided to look in the trunk and all I could hear was,’ There’s a body, ‘”he told KHQ-TV.

The 1991 Green Honda Accord, where Sorensen's body was discovered a year after his death

The 1991 Green Honda Accord, where Sorensen’s body was discovered a year after his death

Eisenman was arrested on October 29 and surrendered to authorities without incident after finding a stolen car with Sorensen’s rotting body in the trunk of a car owned by Eisenman’s fiancee Brenda Cross.

Eisenman told local authorities that the car had been stolen for about a year.

Soon after, police received an anonymous tip that Eisenman confessed to neighbors that he killed his daughter’s boyfriend before hiding the corpse in the trunk of a car, according to court documents. The clue contained details only known to those involved in the crime, police said.

Eisenman had no violent criminal history. However, he was run-in with local law enforcement two months after Sorensen was believed to have been killed.

In December 2020, Eisenman was driving a red 1988 Honda Civic, with a Montana license plate appearing at Sharp Ave and Ruby St. just before 4 p.m., when a police officer noticed that the car had been stolen.

The officer pulled Eisenman. At the time, Eisenman said that his long-time friend had loaned the car for about two weeks when he repaired his car.

He had convinced the police that the car had not been stolen and had seen the car sales bill dated earlier that month but did not know where it was.

Police said they did not have enough evidence to arrest Eisenman and released him. His passenger, Sean Smith, had an open warrant and was arrested after police found a small baggie containing methamphetamine, according to records.

Sorensen had some run-ins with the law but none for sex trafficking, records show.

In July 2020, Sorensen pleaded not guilty to charges of fourth-degree assault, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

In April 2019, a woman failed to issue a temporary protection order against Sorensen. Her motion was denied before a court hearing, according to available court documents.

Sorensen had not been involved in sex trafficking before Eisenman’s accusations. His grieving family said it was difficult to believe the charges against their son, who denied that he was involved in sex trafficking

After her stepfather’s arrest, Ashley Cross started a fundraising campaign to help pay for Eisenman’s defense and legal fees. As of Sunday, his Give Send Go page, no. 1 Free Christian Crowdfunding Site raised $ 59,852 for a $ 100,000 goal.

“Let’s collectively ban the community and help raise bond and legal fees for 60-year-old John B. Eisenman, a father who rescued his daughter after being sold to a Seattle child trafficking ring,” reads the fundraising page.

‘This father has done an unthinkable thing for some of us to save his little girl from the untold life that causes chronic injuries and years of emotional harm,’ the statement adds.

“Most of us think or do what they do in such a situation. Before that, they had no violent crimes.”

‘Many are calling him a hero. I want to do everything possible for us as a community to have his day in court to become an independent person and protect his honor and his daughter’s honor.

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