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Boyfriend charged with killing girlfriend, leaving body in suitcase

Joseph Dorsey, 27, is seen in this file photo. Dorsey has been charged with murdering 47-year-old Christine Stewart after her body was found in a suitcase at a Poway motel on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. (Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner)

August 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Lake Elsinore man is on the run after being charged with killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in a rolling suitcase.

Deputies suspect that Joseph Dorsey killed 47-year-old Christine Stewart before taking her body to a Poway motel. He was charged in the murder Friday.

Dorsey checked into the motel last weekend, but never checked out. Hotel workers found Stewart's body Wednesday.

Stewart was first reported missing Aug. 4, the same day she and Dorsey were last seen together near a business complex in Canyon Lake.

Dorsey, 27, was last seen driving a dark blue Ford Explorer with grey primer on the hood and California license plate 6UDY773.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.