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Lake Elsinore homicide suspect allegedly abducts 2-year-old son

Celestine Stoot III - Lake Elsinore missing
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Law enforcement agencies around Southern California continued to search Tuesday for a Lake Elsinore homicide suspect who allegedly abducted his 2-year-old son.

An Amber Alert was issued Monday in connection with the abduction of Celestine Stoot III in Lake Elsinore, by his father, Celestine Stoot Jr.

The child was last seen in Lake Elsinore on Sunday, according to the alert, issued by the California Highway Patrol on behalf of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The child was described as Black, about 3 feet tall and 30 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

Suspect Stoot is 31 years old, Black, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, about 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Celestine Stoot Jr - Lake Elsinore homicide suspect
Celestine Stoot Jr. | Photo courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

The elder Stoot is a wanted homicide suspect, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Stoot is driving a charcoal gray 2020 Kia Optima with a California temporary plate of U335133 or 8VQU461, according to the Riverside County sheriff.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the alert. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call 911.

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