The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Daniel Gene-Vincent Sorensen

Daniel Gene-Vincent Sorensen was a registered sexual offender, his father claims that his sex offender status was the result of a relationship with a underage girl. His mother claims that the status hung over his head like a cloud. Whether it was that status which lead up to the recent discovery of his beheaded and burned body is not currently known.

Tazewell County State's Attorney Stu Umholtz says the 26-year-old was convicted in 2000 and was placed on 12 months probation for having sexual conduct with a 13 -17 year old, a misdemeanor offense.

According to the father, the 2000 conviction was over a relationship he'd had when he was 17 (meaning it took around 3 years to make it from criminal act to a conviction):

Jim Sorensen said the sex offender conviction occurred when his son was 17 and dating a 14-year-old girl that he met on the Internet. Daniel Sorenson thought the girl was 16 and went to Illinois to meet her.

He was last seen alive on Wen night, he worked odd jobs doing landscaping and construction, and the pickup truck which was in his possession (currently registered to someone else) was missing until police located it in the parking lot of a store late Friday. Police have no suspects, no clear motives, and little to give out in way of information to the public.

His headless body was found Thursday morning by a sewer and water department crew at the end of a cul-de-sac, and his head is still unaccounted for.

Police agencies investigating the death of Daniel G. Sorensen, 26, of River Rouge, have served six search warrants since Friday, collected vast amounts of evidence and talked to “persons of interest” in the case, and Northville Township Public Safety Director John Werth said Saturday he believes a case will be presented to the Wayne County Prosecutor, perhaps by Monday.

While he wouldn’t confirm whether anyone was in custody, he didn’t deny it, either. Werth said he’s confident the case would come together.

“We have all the parties, and we have the evidence, and now we need to just put it together,” Werth told the Observer Saturday.

Headless man was stabbed to death, autopsy shows Detroit Free Press
Police still have no solid leads in murder of River Rouge man Northville Record
Sex Offender's Body Burned, Beheaded ABC News
Burned, headless man is ID'd as child sex offender Detroit Free Press
'Persons of interest' ID'd in beheading
Human remains found in Hines Park
Police: 'We have all the parties' in decapitationThe Observer