Specialized investigators, along with Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers, continue the search today for Erin Corwin, 19, the pregnant wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, who hasn’t been seen since June 28. The County Sheriff’s Department said the search has covered more than 200 square miles of remote desert. The search has shown no sign of Corwin and her disappearance does not appear to be voluntary. According to a Sheriff’s source, whom Z107.7 News chooses not to identify, Corwin was having an affair with a married Marine and was pregnant with his child. During interviews with investigators, his answers have shown inconsistencies, and as a result, she is not expected to be found alive.
Corwin was reported missing June 29 by her husband, Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, who told investigators he last saw his wife at 7 a.m. the day before; she said she was leaving their home for Joshua Tree National Park. Her car was found near the back entrance of the base, but there was no indication of her direction of travel or current whereabouts. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Department used one of its helicopters to transport search teams to locations that would take up to four hours to hike into. They have been scouring Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding area to the north, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan Lane. There are several old iron and ore mines, above and below ground, that are being searched by specially trained teams, Lane said. Teams meet at Luckie Park, at 6 a.m. and work up to 16 hours a day. Jonathan Corwin has been placed on “Permissive Temporary Additional Duty,” orders commonly issued to military personnel for official time off. Corwin has served overseas but not in combat, according to the Marine Corps. Anyone with information about Erin Corwin is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division at 909-387-3589.