The Washington State dad accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend after he allegedly sold her into a sex-trafficking ring may not be telling truth, cops said, as the dead man’s family claimed the murder suspect is no ‘hero.’
John Eisenman, 60, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond at Spokane County Jail in the grisly murder of Andrew Sorensen, 19, who was repeatedly stabbed to death before his rotting body was found hidden in the trunk of an abandoned car last month.
Cpl. Nick Briggs, a spokesperson for the Spokane Police Department, said the allegations of Sorensen’s involvement in sex trafficking are coming solely from Eisenman.
‘We can’t corroborate the veracity of any of those statements,’ Briggs told The Spokesman-Review.
Eisenman’s underage daughter is not being identified because she was possible a victim of sex trafficking. She now resides in California, records show.
Sorensen’s parents say their son, who was born with autism and cerebral palsy, is being demonized by Eisenman and his family.
His parents adopted him out of foster care when he was just six months old and they said he ‘didn’t have the capability to sex traffic anybody’.
‘Our son had an IQ of 81,’ said Theresa Sorensen, the teen’s mother. ‘If anybody could be taken advantage of, it was him.’
Briggs said the investigation into Sorensen’s killing is ongoing. There has been no date set for Eisenman’s next court appearance.
John Eisenman, 60, (appearing in court) was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond at Spokane County Jail in Washington
Aaron Sorensen’s rotting 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
Theresa said that her son and Eisenman’s daughter had been long-term friends and that it was ‘painful’ to learn the details of her son’s gruesome death through the news.
‘We didn’t get to tell our side of the story,’ Theresa Sorensen said. ‘Because there is so much more out there about all of this that needs to come out.’
The Sorensen family released a statement Tuesday, revealing their yearlong hope to find their son. They also described Eisenman’s recent confessions as ‘hurtful’.
‘We spent a year searching for him and hoping he would return,’ the Sorensens said in a statement. ‘Claims by his confessed killer have been very hurtful and only added to our family’s grief.
‘The word ‘alleged’ means of an incident without proof. It has already been reported: Both the FBI and Washington State Patrol said there is no sex trafficking investigation into the victim.’
They family said they had been advised by their lawyer and by the police not to speak publicly about the investigation.
Amber Hellmann, a resident of Rochester Heights Park, said her boyfriend and another friend noticed that a stolen and abandoned 1991 Honda Civic had been unmoved on their street for a while
Eisenman discovered last October that his juvenile daughter had been sex trafficked into Seattle by then-boyfriend Sorensen for $1,000, according to a police press release.
He was able to rescue the girl from the city and bring her back to Spokane that month.
He then learned that Sorensen was going to be at an address in Airway Heights, so he drove there and waited for the 19-year-old to arrive.
‘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 said.
‘After the homicide, Eisenman drove the vehicle to a remote area in North Spokane County and abandoned the car with the body still inside.’
The car was left in the countryside until last month when someone drove it to Spokane and left it on East Everett Avenue. Officials said they do not believe that person knew there was a corpse in the back.
The body was found when people began searching through the vehicle.
Amber Hellmann said her boyfriend and another friend said they noticed the car had been there for a while.
‘They were just looking around and for some reason, they decided to look in the trunk and all I hear is, ‘there’s a body,”’ she told KHQ-TV.
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 officers without incident after they found a stolen car with Sorensen’s rotting body in the trunk a car owned by Eisenman’s fiancee Brenda Kross.
Eisenman, told local authorities the car had been stolen for about a year.
Soon after, police received an anonymous tip that Eisenman admitted to a neighbor that he killed his daughter’s boyfriend before hiding the body in the trunk of a car, according to court documents. The tip included details only someone involved in the crime would know, police said.
Eisenman had no violent criminal history. However, he did have a run-in with local law enforcement two months after it was believed that Sorensen was killed.
In December 2020, Eisenman was driving a red 1988 Honda Civic, seen with a Montana license plate near Sharpe Ave. and Ruby St. just before 4 a.m., when a police officer noticed the car had been listed as stolen.
The officer pulled Eisenman over. At the time, Eisenman had said that his longtime friend had loaned him the car for about two weeks while his car was being repaired.
He had also convinced police that the car wasn’t stolen and that he had seen a bill of sale for the car dated earlier that month but didn’t know where it.
Police said they didn’t have enough evidence to arrest Eisenman and released him. His passenger, Sean Schmidt, had an open warrant and was arrested after police found a small baggie containing methamphetamine, according to records.
Sorensen had a few 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, marijuana possession and intent to sell marijuana that were filed against him by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
In April 2019, a woman unsuccessfully attempted to be granted a temporary order of protection against Sorensen. Her motion was denied in front of a court hearing, according to available court records.
Sorensen was never involved in sex-trafficking prior to Eisenman’s allegations. His grieving family said they find it difficult to believe allegations on their son, refuting that he had ever been involved in sex trafficking
After her stepfather’s arrest, Ashleye Kross, started a fundraising campaign to help pay for Eisenman’s defense and legal fees. As of Sunday, her Give Send Go page, the No. 1 Free Christian Crowdfunding Site, raised $59,852 out of a $100,000 goal.
‘Lets banned together as a community and help raise the bond and legal fees for John B Eisenman age 60, the father who rescued his daughter after being sold to a seattle child trafficking ring,’ a description on the fundraising page reads.
‘This father did the unthinkable for some of us to save his little girl from an unspeakable life that causes long term scars and years of emotional damage,’ the statement adds.
‘He did what most of us as parents would do or think about doing in a situation like this, prior to this he had no violent offenses.’
‘Many are calling him a hero. I would like to do all we can as a community to help him be a free man and have his day in court to defend his honor and the honor of his daughter.’