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Son arrested in suspicious death of man in Rancho Santa Fe

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The son of a 71-year-old Rancho Santa Fe man who was found dead in his home was arrested in Riverside County Wednesday on suspicion of beating and choking his father to death.

Members of a fugitive task force took 39-year-old Leighton Dorey IV into custody without incident in a wooded area near Idyllwild early this morning.

The wife of Leighton Dorey III found his body in a back room at their house in the 17200 block of La Brisa upon returning from an outing shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

An autopsy determined that the victim died of blunt-force trauma to the head, neck and upper body, as well as strangulation, sheriff's homicide Lt. Kenneth Nelson said. The death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators are unsure where the suspect lives, though he apparently recently returned to the United States after living in France for years, Nelson said.

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