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* Stewart Skuba and Adam Hunt to Face Murder Charges in Elias Sorokin Missing Person Case

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Two men arrested last week in the case of missing person Elias Sorokin are scheduled to be arraigned on robbery and murder charges Wednesday morning, but Sorokin still has not been found, authorities said.  Stewart Skuba, 29, of Santa Cruz and Adam Hunt, 29, of Watsonville will be arraigned at the Santa Cruz courthouse on charges of murder, robbery and kidnapping to commit robbery, according to Assistant District Attorney Robert Wade.  A third man arrested in the case, 29-year-old Kenneth Clamp of Santa Cruz, is on a parole hold while authorities determine what charges will be filed against him, Wade said.  Wade said the charges are based upon information collected during the investigation of Sorokin’s disappearance, but declined to comment on the specifics of the case. “I prefer at this point to keep it as general as possible,” he said. Santa Cruz police arrested Skuba and Clamp on July 30 for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and robbery of Sorokin, and Hunt surrendered to Santa Cruz police on Saturday, police said.  Police believe Sorokin, who was last seen in Santa Cruz on July 20, was kidnapped and robbed during a marijuana deal at a home in the 200 block of Felix Street in Santa Cruz, according to Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark. Sorokin missed business meetings in Los Angeles on July 21, and friends and family have been unable to reach him. Someone tried unsuccessfully to access his checking account at businesses in Santa Cruz and Watsonville during the past week. His charred truck was also found late Tuesday, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.  Authorities responded to reports of a burning vehicle along Smith Grade Road near Empire Grade in Bonny Doon around midnight on July 28. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the 2007 Toyota Tacoma belonged to Sorokin, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Lansdowne.  The charred truck was seized and is being examined by the crime scene investigation unit, according to Lansdowne. The sheriff’s office, along with the Santa Cruz and Watsonville
police departments, are assisting the Los Angeles Police Department, which is leading the investigation.  Police are treating the case as a homicide investigation, Clark said.

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