Son arrested for beating, strangling death of father in Rancho Santa Fe

Leighton Dorey III suffered blunt force trauma
Posted at 2:09 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 11:16:13-04

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (KGTV)--A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering his father yesterday in Rancho Santa Fe, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Leighton Dorey III, 71, was discovered Tuesday by his wife suffering from upper body trauma inside his home located at 17221 La Brisa at around 11:27 a.m., officials said.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office also completed its autopsy today and ruled the manner of death to be homicide and cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head, neck, torso as well as strangulation. 

Sheriff's homicide detectives identified the victim's son as the murder suspect during the investigation overnight. 

The victim's son, 39-year-old Leighton Dorey IV, was located 90 miles away in a heavily forested area near the town of Idyllwild in Riverside County early this morning by members of the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The suspect was arrested without incident, the sheriff's department said. 

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Dorey IV will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility on a single count of murder. 

The exact cause of death for Dorey III has not yet been determined as an autopsy is still underway. 

This is a developing story. Stay with 10News for more details as they become available. 

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy