The body of a missing Riverside County woman was found inside a Poway motel room and authorities Thursday were searching for her boyfriend, calling him a "person of interest."
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The body of 47-year-old Christine Stewart was found at the Best Western Plus on 13845 Poway Road about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said she was possibly killed elsewhere and moved to the hotel.
Stewart was a substance-abuse counselor for Riverside County.
Stewart's supervisor, Mark Thuve, told 10News by phone that news of Stewart's death came as a crushing blow to dozens of women she helped in Riverside County and who gathered to support each other Thursday morning.
"All of them spoke the exact same thing -- that she was energetic, caring, loving, supportive, and saw in each of them something that they did not see in themselves," said Thuve.
Thuve said Stewart gave no sign to co-workers that anything was wrong, telling 10News, "She was always positive and always outgoing. If there was any fear in her, she never let me know."
Janice Dodds, another counselor in the office, said, "She was fun, she was very caring, she was very precious. I was blessed to work with her. We're all just beside ourselves and making sure we know we love each other."
Thuve added, "It was moving and it was energizing to each other and supportive. It went from discussing anger to accepting what she tried to get across and that was
'we move on.'"
Investigators described Stewart's 27-year-old boyfriend Joseph Dorsey as a violent felon. He is considered a person of interest in her death.
Authorities said the Stewart and Dorsey were seen together Saturday night in Riverside County.
10News uncovered Dorsey's violent criminal history, which included convictions for attempted burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a peace officer.
Investigators believe Dorsey may be driving a 2003 Ford Explorer with California license plate 6UDY773. The vehicle has black primer on the front fender and hood.
Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call Riverside County sheriff's homicide detectives at (951) 955-2777.
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