Media Reports Complicate Search for Missing Woman

Media Reports Complicate Search for Missing Woman

TWENTYNINE PALMS – Law enforcement agencies have intensified a search for a missing 19-year woman, pregnant, with sensitive details being released that could hurt the search.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives have received information about possible locations to continue a search for Erin Corwin, who was reported missing by her husband on June 28. “We are looking for a crime scene,” said Leland Boldt, captain of the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division. The search has reached three weeks.

Investigators have arrested Christopher Lee, a man known to Corwin prior to her disappearance, on unrelated charges. A destructive device was discovered in his Yucca Valley residence on the 700 block of Geromino Trail, about 20 miles from Corwin’s home in Twentynine Palms. Major media reports have unveiled information that might hurt the investigation. Said Sgt. Travis Newport: “Further information regarding the facts outlined in the search warrant will not be discussed. It is unfortunate such extensive details were released regarding this investigation because it can affect the outcome of the case.”

Among those details is that Corwin, pregnant, might have been carrying Lee’s child. Law enforcement has cleared Corwin’s husband, Marine Corporal Jon Corwin, of any wrongdoing in her disappearance. She was about three weeks pregnant when she went missing, according to reports. Four search warrants were served on July 1, one to search Corwin’s vehicle and home, and her neighbor, Lee, a former U.S. Marine, his vehicle and home, according to documents. The documents also stated there was probable cause that “a felony has been committed.”

Reports that Corwin and Lee, who is also married, were having an affair and planned a special day together, likely celebrating her pregnancy and “he was going to take her hunting.” The sheriff’s dept., said Newport, “has a responsibility to Erin’s family, her loved ones and her unborn child to provide answers regarding her disappearance.” He’s calling for the integrity of the investigation to remain intact. According to reports, Lee told investigators that he did not see Corwin on the day she went missing. Law enforcement investigators specified that his arrest on charges of possessing a destructive device were not related to her disappearance.

Newport said the suspicious circumstances have existed “from the inception of this investigation, (but) there is still not enough evidence to rule out that Erin Corwin could be voluntarily missing. It is crucial all acquaintances be contacted and interviewed, in an effort to solve the case.” Sometime after Corwin went missing, her cell phone was deactivated, according to reports. There are several other reports, including a witness that told authorities that someone resembling Corwin got out of her car and got into another vehicle with an unknown man as they drove into Joshua Tree National Park.
Several law enforcement agencies are continuing the search.

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Media Reports Complicate Search for Missing Woman was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by admin
Categories: San Bernardino

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