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Erin Corwin missing: Marine base surveillance footage adds to police search

A view of the city of Twentynine Palms, as seen from Joshua Tree National Park.
A view of the city of Twentynine Palms, as seen from Joshua Tree National Park.
Bernard Gagnon, Creative Commons

Investigators in the Erin Corwin missing person case in San Bernardino County, California, are now going over surveillance footage taken at the gates of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base where the 19-year-old was last seen in the hope that somewhere in the footage a clue might surface that leads them to the young woman who has been missing since June 28.

Fox News reported July 15 that security footage was handed over to detectives at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for review, according to Capt. Justin Smith, a spokesman for the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms. The surveillance video was given after Erin Corwin was last seen leaving the base and later reported missing by her husband, Lance Corporal Jonathan Corwin, who is stationed at the base.

It is as yet unknown if any clues have been provided via the footage. Thus far, investigators have been extremely reticent about the case.

The Sheriff's Department has maintained from the start that Corwin's disappearance occurred under "suspicious circumstances." Authorities, however, have not divulged why they believe this to be so. In an update last week, officials noted only that Erin Corwin's disappearance did not seem to be "voluntary."

Although he did not go into detail, Smith told Fox News that the base's officials have been assisting San Bernardino authorities from the day Corwin went missing. On the day she went missing, a group of 30 Marines aided in the ground search, which worked in tandem with an extensive air search. He said Erin Corwin's photograph, description and vehicle information were immediately after her disappearance was reported.

Corwin, who had just recently found out she was pregnant, was reported missing by her husband on June 29. Although she had been gone for a day, Jonathan Corwin explained to authorities that he waited so long only because he thought he had to wait 24 hours just to file a missing persons report.

The Marine's wife's vehicle was found the next day, June 30, on a secluded road near the base. It is as yet unknown what, if anything, San Bernardino County Sheriff's investigators found in and/or around the car.

According to the Facebook page Locate Erin the family set up shortly after their ordeal began, Erin Corwin's cell phone is either dead or has not been turned on since the time she vanished.

According to Jonathan Corwin, his wife had gone to Joshua Tree National Park to scout out potential places for family outings. Her mother was traveling to California to visit and to celebrate her daughter's birthday (July 15).

Local, state, and federal law enforcement, including the FBI and the Border Patrol, have combined resources in attempts to find the missing 19-year-old. Over 200 square miles was covered in just the past weekend. The total area searched, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office public affairs officer Cpl. Randy Naquin, is as big as the state of Rhode Island. Naquin told last week that the department was "utilizing every resource we have" to find the missing woman.

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