The search for Erin Corwin stepped up a bit this weekend as law enforcement and searchers spread out through the Joshua Tree National Park in California in the hope of finding the missing woman. Corwin, the pregnant wife of Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, has been missing for a week now and authorities are not ruling out foul play. In fact, investigators have found the circumstances surrounding the young woman's disappearance somewhat suspicious, placing the case in the hands of homicide detectives.
ABC News reported July 4 that 19-year-old Erin Corwin, three months pregnant, was last seen on June 28. She was reported missing the following day by her husband, Jonathan. Although police admit that there as yet is no evidence that a crime has been committed, the suspicious circumstances of the pregnant teen's departure from her home has kept investigators from ruling out foul play.
But, as People magazine reported, Corwin's sister-in-law, DeeAnna Heavilin, said that Jonathan Corwin had contacted the family Sunday. She admitted that the news that Erin was missing was "immediately concerning because she had already been gone for a day. She didn't start driving until she was 18 years old and she is 19 now and she has a terrible sense of direction, so our first thought was that she was lost."
Jonathan Corwin says he last saw his wife leaving the house on June 28.
She was to go to the Joshua Tree National Park and check out photography locations, according to her mother, Lore Heavilin.
"She was going to look for a couple places where we could go early in the morning and just take some pictures," Heavilin told CNN.
Erin Corwin has not been seen or heard from since.
Her car was discovered a few days later at Twentynine Palms, near the military base where her husband is stationed.
Search teams have scoured the park by foot, according to CNN. Air searches also have been conducted. Corwin's whereabouts remain unknown.
Erin Corwin's mother, Lore Heavelin, found out she was going to be a grandmother only after her daughter disappeared. Now, she just wants to hear from her daughter. "It just doesn't seem real," she told CNN. "Her ringtone on my phone is a horse neighing and galloping, and I would give anything to hear that ringtone. Anything."
The family has set up a Facebook page in hopes that added exposure for the missing woman will lead to her being found.