New information has been released in the case of missing 29 Palms woman Erin Corwin.
Information regarding locations that may have potential evidence of foul play has reached detectives. In order to assist investigators in determining whether or not foul play was involved, several search warrants have been issued. Specific information regarding these search warrants has not been released to protect the integrity of the case.
“We are looking for a crime scene,” said Leland Boldt, the captain of the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division.
The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department is doing its best to find answers for the family of Erin Corwin without releasing information that may affect the outcome of the case. As stated in our story today, Christopher Lee was arrested as a result of a search warrant, however, this arrest is not related to the case of the missing pregnant woman thought to be his lover. Investigators located a destructive device and arrested Lee for its possession, per PC18710(a). That case was completed and has been filed with the District Attorneys office.
Although the circumstances regarding the disapearance of Erin Corwin are suspicious, no evidence has ruled out she may have left the area voluntarily. Anyone with any information that might help solve the mystery surrounding Erin Corwin’s disappearance is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division at (909) 387-3589.
Sheriff’s Investigators believe a pregnant Marine spouse, missing since June 29th, may have been shot while hunting with an ex-Marine with whom she was having an affair. Erin Corwin, 20, planned to meet with neighbor, Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, to spend a quote – “special day together” on a hunting trip, according to documents filed in a Joshua Tree courthouse. Stories on the Desert Sun newspaper website yesterday, which we cite with permission, described a connection between Lee and Corwin. Also Monday, the Sheriff’s Department issued a release that Lee had been arrested July 4 after a “destructive device” had turned up in a search of a residence in the 700 Block of Geronimo in Yucca Valley, near the White Rock Horse Rescue Ranch, where both Lee and Corwin had worked. Lee was released on bail July 6. Yesterday’s release indicated that detectives attached to the search worked in the homicide department. The Desert Sun story said Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller would not say if Lee’s arrest was related to the search for Corwin. However, when asked for an update on the search for the missing woman, Miller’s first response was to mention the arrest of Lee. When pressed, Miller said Lee was arrested as a result of a search warrant in “an ongoing investigation.” She repeatedly refused to say if that was the investigation of Corwin’s disappearance. Lee told detectives he was not with Corwin on the day she disappeared, but confirmed he went hunting in Joshua Tree National Park. The Desert Sun also reported that a friend said Lee moved to Alaska last week. Authorities have been searching for Erin Corwin since June 29, the day following her disappearance.
The full text of Desert Sun stories about these developments can be found at links in this story at z1077fm.com.
Matthew Frazer, 39, of Yucca Valley, as part of a plea bargain, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography yesterday. Frazer had faced a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for the distribution charge and 30 years for guilty pleas on both counts.
The plea agreement calls for the judge to impose a sentence of at least 10 years and up to 23 years, followed by 10 years of probation. Prior to his arrest on January 31, Frazer was employed as a custodian at Twentynine Palms Junior High School. The victim did not attend the schools where Frazer worked. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 6. The FBI investigation started last year after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided to the FBI a series of pornographic images depicting a young female being abused by a man. After several months, investigators identified Frazier as the suspect. Frazer plead guilty to two felony charges in which he admits filming sexual explicit images of the young female victim from 2008 through 2012. He admitted to making a video in October 2009, when the victim was 6 years old, and again the following year when she was 7, according to court documents.
The Twentynine Palms City Council has a small, yet diverse agenda for its July 22 meeting. Dan Stork previews the topics…
The first order of business at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting on July 22 is a public hearing on confirming the assessment for the coming year, and hearing the Engineer’s report for Lighting and Assessment District #1. Discussions include
• corrections to the final City budget for the coming year;
• appointment of a planning commissioner to fill a vacancy, and
• a request from Morongo Basin Ambulance Association to allow ambulance services in multiple zoning districts.
The meeting starts at 6 pm in City Hall on Adobe Road.
Saying he, “Brings common sense to the Council”, Yucca Valley Town Councilman Bob Leone told Z107.7 News he has pulled papers to run for reelection in the November election. Leone said he was running because, quote – “They need me on the Council, because I bring common sense, represent the business community and the people, and I have no personal agenda.” Leone was critical of the leadership of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce saying, “The Chamber is not representing the business community, when I went to talk to them about the negative effects of the Highway median project, they ignored me because they have a political agenda.” Chamber of Commerce President Tom Huls disagreed with Leone, saying, “I do not believe that is true, the Chamber is unbiased in everything we do. We take an oath to support the business community over our own interests and personal feelings.”
Some cool, wet fun for the kids this Saturday in Yucca Valley, Reporter Cara Conway invites you to the splash-a-palooza…
Dive into a day filled with music, treasure hunts, crafts, games and refreshments at the Yucca Community Pool for Splash-a-Poolooza! Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offers a party for the whole family with admission only $5 per person. Purchase tickets at the pool or community center.
Learn more about the sewer project and water conservation this Saturday from 10:00 until 2:00 inside the Town Center Mall in Yucca Valley. Hi-Desert Water District invites everyone to attend the free event. There will be games, face painting, music, and a coloring contest with prizes, along with complimentary popcorn and cotton candy. Free photos with new mascot Aqua Drop Man, will also be available. One lucky guest will also have a chance to win a free mini-tank electric water heater. Hi-Desert Water District Spokeswoman Jennifer Poland says this is a unique opportunity to ask one-on-one questions about the sewer project from district staff and project experts from: A State Regional Water Quality Control Board Colorado River Basin member, Atkins Engineering, Design engineers of the sewer collection system will answer questions about septic tank locations and private property connections, and engineering consultants to answer any questions about the process of constructing a sewer system.
Useful water conservation information and tools will also be available at the event.
The Big Horn Desert View Water Agency will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Board will look at delinquent accounts…….
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will have their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 22nd, starting at 6:00pm. At this meeting, the board will first have a discussion and receive public comments on the Hazard Mitigation Plan Status Update. They will then have a public hearing regarding the confirmation of the reports of delinquent accounts for basic service charges, water charges, revenue bond surcharges, delinquent fees and processing fees, and more. This meeting takes place at the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Boardroom at 1720 N. Cherokee Trail in Landers.
The next clean-up for the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be on tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23rd at 7 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst in Joshua Tree. Anyone interested is encouraged to join them for one short hour of work. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available to make the chore more doable. Volunteers are invited to meet afterwards at the Park Rock Cafe for coffee and conversation. The Joshua Tree Clean Team is grateful for their co-sponsors, which include the Park Rock Cafe, Z107.7 Radio, Joshua Tree Outfitters, County of San Bernardino Waste Management, Joshua Tree Recreation and Park District, CalTrans, and the Hi Desert Star. For more information call 760 366-8415.
Desert Blood Service will hold a blood drive Wednesday July 23 in the Yucca Valley Vons parking lot, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. Donors receive free cholesterol screening and donor reward points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.desertbloodservices.org. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. For more information, please call 760-777-8844.
Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a license for the Eagle Crest project, which plans to pump Chuckwalla Valley water into pits in the Eagle Mountain area during low energy usage periods, and release it during high-demand times to generate electricity. Dan Stork says that a legal shoe has been dropped in opposition to the project…
On Monday July 21, the Desert Protection Society (DPS) filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a rehearing of the Commission’s June 19 decision to grant a license to Eagle Crest Energy for its Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric project. The DPS – which was originally formed as Citizens for the Chuckwalla Valley to fight the Eagle Mountain Landfill project — claims that the order granting the Eagle Crest license violates four Federal environmental laws, claims numerous specific violations of those laws, and lists many grounds for a re-hearing.
Attention Home Chicken owners… The Hi- Desert Homegrown Poultry Association will hold its quarterly meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, July 23, at Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Ave., on the Mesa in Yucca Valley. Founder Charla Shamhart will show a Power Point presentation on ideas and techniques for dealing with hot weather as well as innovative solutions for chicken coops and runs to make chickens healthier and happier, with less work for the poultry keeper. As always, there will be time to ask questions and discuss the fun and challenges of owning chickens and other poultry. Those new to the world of poultry are welcome to attend. For more information please call 760-401-0689.