A father from Washington state has confessed to murdering his daughter’s ex-boyfriend after learning that the young man had allegedly sold her into sex slavery.
Newsweek reported that John Eisenman, 60, was arrested by officers with the Spokane Police Department (SPD) after the decayed body of 19-year-old Aaron Sorenson was found inside an abandoned truck. On October 22, police had been called about a foul odor coming from this vehicle, and they quickly discovered the body.
“The ignition was hanging and it was a strong smell and was like man, it smells terrible,” the man who initially stumbled upon the truck told KXLY. “It smelled like death.”
“Patrol officers spoke with several individuals who indicated they believed the body of a deceased person was located in the trunk. SPD officers verified human remains were contained within the vehicle, an SPD spokesperson said on Monday night.
Eisenman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on October 29.
Police say that in October of last year, Eisenman learned his juvenile daughter had allegedly been sold to a sex-trafficking ring that was based in Seattle. Eisenman came to believe that Sorenson was responsible for selling his daughter to the ring and that he then went about trying to track him down.
In November of 2020, Eisenman somehow learned that Sorenson would be going to a location in Airway Heights, and he waited for him there. When Sorenson arrived, a physical altercation ensued between the two men, and the situation escalated quickly.
“Eisenman waited for the victim and confronted the 19-year-old as he arrived,” police said. “During that encounter Eisenman abducted the victim, tying him up and placing him in the trunk of the vehicle. Eisenman subsequently assaulted the victim by hitting him in the head with a cinder block and then stabbed him repeatedly, causing his death.”
Once Sorenson was dead, Eisenman placed his body in a truck and drove it to North Spokane County, where he abandoned it. The truck remained there with Sorenson’s decaying body in it for nearly a year before the vehicle was moved by a third party on October 21.
“It is not believed the third-party knew the body was in the trunk,” police said.
After his arrest, Eisenman was booked into the Spokane County Jail, where he is being held on a bond set at $1 million. He had no recent or violent criminal history prior to this arrest. It remains to be seen how a trial over this potential revenge killing will play out.