Sex offender found dead in truck in Del Mar

A high-risk sex offender believed to have killed a woman he considered to be his adoptive mother in the home they shared in Escondido was found dead March 10 in Del Mar, according to police, who said he committed suicide in his pickup truck.

Joseph Andrew Stuber, 46, was found in the 1400 block of Stratford Court around 7 a.m.

“The face of the body was concealed, but after evidence technicians processed the scene, the identity of the body was confirmed to be that of the murder suspect, Joseph Stuber,” according to an Escondido police statement.

“Preliminary investigation shows that Stuber killed himself by asphyxiation.”

Around 4:20 a.m., police announced Stuber was suspected of killing a woman with whom he lived at 2149 Mountain View Drive, and who was initially believed to have been his mother. Police later said Stuber was like an adoptive son to the woman, but the pair had no biological relation.

Her name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Stuber was last seen alive speeding away from his residence around 9:30 p.m.

March 9, according to Escondido police, who went to the home after receiving a report that a violent crime may have occurred there.

Officers knocked first, then forced entry into the home and found the victim, described as an “elderly woman,” dead on the floor with a massive head wound caused by blunt force trauma.

Stuber had already fled in his silver 2007 Toyota Tacoma before officers arrived, police said.

During the manhunt, police strongly urged the public to stay clear of Stuber and call 911 should he be recognized.

“Mr. Stuber is a high-risk registered sex offender and should be considered armed and dangerous,” police said. “Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to contact or detain Mr. Stuber.”

The Megan’s Law website shows Stuber was twice convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. According to published reports, Stuber was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 1996 for grabbing a boy on a North Broadway school playground and trying to molest him and repeatedly molesting another boy before that. He was released from prison and moved to Escondido in July 2007.