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Erin Corwin: Search for Marine's pregnant wife narrowed to 'target areas'

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The search for Erin Corwin, the 19-year-old pregnant wife of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jonathan Corwin, has been narrowed down to specific "target areas," San Bernardino County authorities report. Those areas are within the Joshua Tree National Park, where she was headed the morning she was last seen, June 28, and parts of the Morongo Basin in southern California.

NBC San Diego reported July 10 that there were still no new developments in the search for Erin Corwin, missing now for twelve days and authorities will now narrow the search to more specific locations.

“Before, we were searching literally the entire desert for clues, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Morongo Basin Capt. Dale Mondary told KMIR (an NBC network Palm Springs affiliate) in an interview. "We’ve been able to develop through investigations some specific target areas that we are now looking at."

Although the search area extends through the San Bernardino desert country, investigators have concentrated much of their efforts in the Joshua Tree National Park, where Jonathan Corwin told the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department his wife was headed early that morning. According to the husband, wife Erin left the house at 7 a.m.

He would report her missing the next day, June 29, telling police he thought he had to wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report. The following day police located Erin Corwin's car in Twentynine Palms, the town located outside the Marine Corps base of the same name.

It is unclear whether or not law enforcement found anything of note in the missing woman's car. They also would not disclose the exact location of the recovered vehicle, a Toyota Corolla.

Monday stated: "It was near the base and the desert, yes, but keep in mind that's a very large base."

Search teams scoured the park over the next few days while aircraft made flyover searches. Over the past weekend 50 volunteers joined the search parties.

When asked about search efforts on the Marine Corps base itself, Mondary admitted no searches were ongoing at present.

Mondary also told KMIR that there were no suspects in the disappearance of Erin Corwin as yet. However, he noted that the way she vanished was unusual.

In the past few days, several family members have stepped forward to say that, although the husband was an obvious default person of interest, Jonathan Corwin was not a man that would harm his wife. He has been described by investigators as helpful and cooperative.

Erin's mother, Lore Heavilin, also told CBS News that she did not believe her son-in-law had anything to do with her disappearance, even though authorities early on said they suspect foul play.

The family has set up a page on Facebook for gathering information and posting updates in the investigation.

Anyone with information about Erin Corwin or her whereabouts are urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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