A Washington man was arrested on Friday for allegedly killing his juvenile daughter’s adult boyfriend, whose remains were discovered late last month.
Spokane police said in a statement that John Eisenman, 60, is believed to have fatally beaten and stabbed Andrew Sorensen, 19, in November 2020, after learning his daughter was allegedly sold into a sex-trafficking ring in Seattle — and Sorensen may have been responsible for the sale.
Eisenman reportedly saved his daughter from the ring in October 2020, and he confronted Sorenson the following month at a trailer park in Airway Heights.
“During that encounter Eisenman abducted the victim, tying him up and placing him in the trunk of a vehicle. Eisenman subsequently assaulted the victim by hitting him in the head with a cinder block and then stabbed him repeatedly, causing his death,” police revealed.
On October 22 of this year, Spokane police spoke with several residents who believed an abandoned car contained a dead body. Officers inspected the vehicle — which was covered with mold — and discovered Sorensen’s body in the trunk. The Spokesman-Review reported he was bound with zip ties and his mouth was covered with tape.
The vehicle was reportedly registered to Brenda Kross, who allegedly told police that she and Eisenman’s underage daughter was sex-trafficked in October 2020 by Sorensen, her boyfriend. Kross mentioned Eisenman saving their daughter from the ring, but a few days later, a neighbor told police that Eisenman previously talked about killing someone and stashing their body in a trunk.
Citing court documents, the Spokesman-Review reported that Eisenman told the neighbor details about how Sorensen was placed in the trunk that only someone involved in the murder would know.
Eisenman, who has no prior criminal history, reportedly claimed the car Sorensen was found in had been stolen a year prior. However, police said he ultimately confessed to killing Sorensen, who was reported missing the same month of the slaying.
The Spokesman-Review reported that after the murder, Eisenman drove the car containing Sorensen’s body to North Spokane County, where it remained for a year until an unknown person drove it to Spokane.
“While parked on Everett, individuals were rummaging through the car and taking items when they made the gruesome discovery,” police said in their statement.
Law enforcement said they do not believe the person who drove the car to Spokane was aware a body was in the trunk.
Eisenman is charged with first-degree murder. His bail was set at $1 million.
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[Featured image: John Eisenman/KXLY; Andrew Sorensen/Washington State Patrol]