Eyewitness comes forward in missing Oak Ridge woman case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) A man has come forward, saying he saw the Oak Ridge woman that was reported missing nearly three weeks ago on the day she disappeared.

Erin Corwin went missing on June 28th near her Twentynine Palms, California home. Investigators with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Office have focused much of their investigation in and around Joshua Tree National Park.

Michael Beasley says he saw Corwin on June 28th around 10:00a.m. near the place where her abandoned, blue Toyota Corolla was found. Beasley says he saw Corwin get into a red sedan with a man and then drive away.

"The car was in gear, they were just sitting there and chatting," Beasley said. "If she wanted to get out of the car and said, 'I don't want to be in this car', she could have."

Corwin, who was home schooled in Oak Ridge and moved out to California with her Marine husband, turned 20 on Tuesday. Her disappearance has been labeled suspicious by the sheriff's office, but authorities have not said it's the result of foul play.

San Bernardino investigators have obtained search warrants to search four different pieces of property they say are related to this case. They are searching Corwin's blue Toyota, as well as a Jeep Cherokee with an Alaska license plate.

Detectives have also searched two apartments at Twentynine Palms.

All four search warrants indicated that investigators were looking for fingerprints, hair and muscle fibers, DNA, items with bodily fluids, weapons and firearms, or electronic storage items.


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