Family of Erin Corwin releases statement | UPDATE

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP/WVLT) -- The alleged lover of the pregnant missing wife of a U.S. Marine based in Southern California has been arrested in Alaska on a federal warrant just after authorities found the body of Erin Corwin.

Cynthia Kott, a booking clerk at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, said Monday that Cpl. Christopher Brandon Lee was arrested at 10 p.m. Sunday. A law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak before a noon news conference and requested anonymity said the arrest was in the killing of Corwin.

Erin's body was discovered in a 140 ft mine shaft in Joshua Tree National Park around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office.

Court papers show Lee was the lover of 20-year-old Erin Corwin, who disappeared June 28 after leaving her Twentynine Palms home.

Corwin had planned to meet Lee for a hunting trip. Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin reported his wife missing the next day.

An affidavit says the investigation was focused on Lee.

Corwin's family released a statement:

"The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department confirmed to us early Monday, August 18th that Erin's body has been found. While we were praying for a different outcome, we cannot begin to express the gratitude we have for every person that has been involved in the search for Erin. The countless hours that have been spent by volunteer search crews and multiple branches of law enforcement, especially the Specialized Investigations Division Homicide Detail, are more than we could have asked for and are ultimately what have led to finding her. While we are relieved to have closure, we ask that our privacy be respected over the next few weeks so that we can properly grieve and mourn the loss of our sweet girl. Please continue to pray for our family and for justice for Erin. Thank you all for your continued support, the families of Erin and Jonathan Corwin."

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