Erin Corwin's June disappearance near Joshua Tree National Park remains suspicious, police say

By Elaine Aradillas
Updated July 11, 2014 07:00 PM
Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

Erin Corwin was preparing for her mother to visit, and was planning to surprise her with the news that she was two months pregnant.

On June 28, while her husband, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jon Corwin, stayed home, Erin, 19, got into her car at about 7 a.m. and drove to Joshua Tree National Park, near her home in Twentynine Palms, California. She was looking for ideas for things to do with her mom. She hasn’t been seen since.

“Jon kept trying to call her, and figured there was no cell service at the park,” says Jon’s mother, Sheila Braden. “By the evening, he started to get worried and started calling around. Maybe she had gone to a friend’s house or whatever.”

The following morning, June 29, there was still no sign of Erin. “Then, he finally called the police,” says Braden.

For the past 10 days, instead of celebrating their good news, Jon and Erin’s parents have watched the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department scour the park for clues. Officials found her blue 2013 Toyota Corolla abandoned about two miles from the military base, says Braden. In the Press-Enterprise newspaper, a sheriff spokeswoman said there were "definite suspicious circumstances."

Jon Corwin, who hasn’t been able to comment per the military’s orders, has been fully cooperative and is not a suspect, his mother says.

“He wants her home. He talks about things they’re going to do when she gets home,” Braden says. “He’s handling it better than I would expect from a 21-year-old, but it’s still really hard on him.”

Braden says the police update them daily and are confident they will find Erin.

“We’re logical people, so we understand that the situation is probably the worst you can imagine, but we’re still hopeful,” Braden says. “We hold on to hope and pray for a miracle.”

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