Missing Marine Wife Erin Corwin Breaking News: Husband Was NOT On Duty The Day She Disappeared

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Erin Corwin, 19 and approximately 2 weeks pregnant  when she disappeared on Saturday June 28th was last seen at about 10AM on Valle Vista and Ranch Rds, according to Police witness Michael Beasely and his sister Jeanette.   Corwin is the wife of Corporal Jonathan Corwin, stationed at The Marine Corp Air Ground Combat Center ( MCAGCC).

Erin Corwin credit Facebook

 

Beasely describes a young man in a compact red car having a brief conversation with her, and watched her get into the red vehicle after locking the passenger side door.  While Beasely said he could not state for certain it was Erin Corwin, it was definitely her car that was located about 100 yards into the desert from where he saw it on June 30th.   Beasely’s sister Jessica also recalled seeing the car  at some point that morning, but did not see the exchange with the man in the red car.  The Beasely’s gave this information to police at the scene while interviewing the water services worker who called detectives.

“When I came back a half hour later, just the (blue) car was sitting there. Next thing, I hear the weekend goes by and Monday morning the sheriffs are there looking for this girl because she ain’t home yet,” Beasley recalled.

Four search warrants have been released in the investigation into the disappearance of Erin Corwin, one of which has prompted and internet firestorm of friends and family members describing what they allege are direct accounts from Cpl. Corwin.   As the affidavits to the subpoenas for exigent warrants have been sealed, it is not clear why one of those search warrants was for the dark colored Jeep of fellow Marine Christopher Brandon Lee.   According to several online sleuthing sites claiming to have members that are in touch with John Corwin and in some cases investigators, Lee and Erin had a previous relationship that ended last Spring, but following her disappearance Cpl. Corwin located items  he says, on June 29th ,  prompted him to believe that the child Erin was carrying may not have been his.

Corporal Corwin credit Facebook

In an exclusive development in the case,  through a source that agreed to speak to BOC on the strict condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak officially on the investigation, a review of Cpl. Corwin’s duty roster shows that he was NOT on duty Saturday June 28th ;  the morning after  he attended  a neighbor’s outside gathering that Erin Corwin left early.

Corwin told investigators that his wife had made plans to scope out sites to photograph during her Mother’s scheduled visit a few days later.  It is not clear why Corwin said that he last saw Erin at 7 AM but was not able to offer a description of her clothing or why it appeared  (Beasely) that she just headed toward the park at 10 AM.  Corwin told investigators he thought he had to wait 24 hours to report a missing person and reported her missing to a San Bernardino county deputy Sunday morning.  In an earlier interview,  Erin’s mother Loretta ( Lore) Heavilin said her son in law told her he did not report her missing because he thought she was staying overnight at the White Rock Ranch and Rehab – where Erin had adopted her horse Cassy.  Both Nichole and Christopher Lee adopted horses at White Rock as well.

Later that evening,  when Corwin’s commanding officer went to the couple’s home to check on Jon,  fellow members of his 3/11 India Battery  were called to Corwin’s residence after he was found inebriated and apparently destructive to the property to assist in it’s clean up and repair .   He was placed on PTAD orders  the same day.

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Investigators will not confirm nor deny if they have developed a suspect or suspects in Erin’s disappearance,  but they have stated that neither Christopher Lee nor his wife Nichole are considered suspects or persons of interest in Corwin’s disappearance.

“Just because their names are in a search warrant or you received their names from some other source rather than the sheriff’s department; they’re not listed as suspects or persons of interest so we wouldn’t have a comment.”

 In what may be an unrelated event,  Lee was charged on July 4th with possession of a destructive device.   Lee secured a $25,000 bond  according to police records and is scheduled to be arraigned in September.   Lee was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at the White Rock Horse Rescue.   

Chris Lee credit Facebook

Late this afternoon, within an hour of the San Bernardino County press release,  a portion of the previously sealed affidvavits surrounding warrants were released.  Although SBSD  has previously stated that Christopher Lee was not considered a suspect, he is absolutely implicated in the documents according to The Desert Sun.

“It is highly likely that Erin could have been harmed by an unknown firearm,” detectives wrote in court documents. “Sometime after Erin left with Lee, her phone was deactivated (turned off). Detectives believe if Erin was injured and left at an undisclosed location, she would not (be) able to call for help.”

 It  is unknown if what investigators swore is accurate, or perhaps were unaware of Beasely described as a  “…light haired,  skinny guy, small guy, not much hair, but sandy colored hair, shorter than 5’9″, who could have been a Marine…”  individual appeared to meet up with Erin Corwin at approximately 10 AM the morning of her disappearance.  But it is clear that if Mr. Beaseley’s account is accurate, it is not likely to fit the description of Chris Lee.

In the wake of the recent developments,  The Heavilin family returned to Tennessee over weekend.

 

BlinkOnCrime Editor Jacqueline Beaufort contributed to this report.




Holly Bobo Kidnapped And Murdered: Source Says She May Have Been Informant, Alive For Weeks

 

Holly Bobo Selfie

On February 28, 2014 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Director Mark Gwyn announced the search of 29 year old Zachary Rye Adam’s residence in conjunction with the abduction of Holly Lynn Bobo.  Bobo, a 20 year old nursing student, was abducted from her Darden, TN home nearly 3 years earlier.   Gwyn made it clear during that announcement that they expected to find Holly alive at one of the ensuing searches occurring in multiple counties that day.

“This is a very important time in this investigation,” Gwyn told reporters today as the TBI and FBI searched property on Adams Lane in northern Decatur County. “We’re not going to say or do anything at this point to interfere with this investigation. Hopefully we’ll be able to return Holly home safely to her parents. That’s our goal.

 

Five days later, after a Circuit Judge called the 24th Judicial District Grand Jury back into session, it took them less than three hours to return an indictment for especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder.

Zachary Rye Adams and Jason Wayne Autry have been indicted for the especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder in Holly Bobo’s case.  A third suspect, Shayne Kyle Austin was about to be indicted when his criminal defense attorney, Luke Evans, filed a civil suit against the State of Tennessee to enforce an immunity agreement Austin signed.   John Dylan Adams, Zachary’s brother currently incarcerated and awaiting sentencing on Federal weapons charges will be testifying as a witness in this case.  He says Holly was last seen following her abduction- ALIVE.

The “A-Train” as dubbed by locals who knew them based on the initials of their last names and the frequency for which they were seen together were household names to the residents of the tiny community in Decautur County, TN.  They have various criminal histories dating back to their teens.

They’re creepy and their kooky, … altogether spooky.. The Adams Family

The Adams brothers, Zach and ‘Dylan’ as John is referred to, live in multiple houses perched on the land  bearing the family surname which was passed down to them by their grandfather John and Grandmother Becky who died 12 days before Holly’s abduction.   Tim Adam’s, the boys’ father, died of complications from drug use in 2003.

Donna “Karen” Bobo, Holly Bobo’s Mother and elementary school teacher, had young Zach and Dylan in her class.

Zach Adams, in the lead between the two for the size of his rap sheet, has felony convictions for shooting his Mother Cindy at point blank rang with a 9MM handgun, and within 6 months of his release on that charge wielded a shotgun at his grandparents during a drug binge.  In a pre-sentencing report on his current gun charges, Dylan Adams reports he has had alcohol and substance abuse issues with minor burglary charges since he was a teen, and would like to serve his sentence in a minimum Federal prison in Atlanta, GA.

Zach Adams was out on bond or on probation from three separate criminal incidents to involve booze, drugs, assaulting a Natchez Park Ranger when Bobo was abducted from her home.  On April 4th, Adams was arrested in Natchez Park with the assistance of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office along with his passenger, Robert “Shawn” Moody.

From the Jackson Sun:

Zachary Adams was arrested in Natchez Trace State Park on April 4, 2011, following a traffic stop.

Adams and his passenger Robert S. Moody, seemed nervous, the report says. Adams told the ranger he was bringing Moody to look at the damage and that the two men needed to get to the other side of the park.

“…Hill saw a six-pack of beer bottles in the back floorboard, and two of the bottles appeared to be open.
Hill asked Adams to step out of the truck and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Adams said “no,” and gave Hill permission to search the truck.Rangers also found a pill bottle on Moody containing seven different pills, the report said.
Along with resisting arrest and assaulting the officer, Adams was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession, tampering with evidence, reckless driving and violation of the open container law.

Moody was charged with drug possession…”

Moody is also a convicted felon and was arrested in Florida in 2005 for failing to register as a sex offender for a statutory rape charge he was convicted of in Decatur.

“Shawn” Moody’s wife Stormy Winters Moody was convicted of aggravated burglary in 2013 for stealing the contents of her neighbor’s home.   Ms. Moody was wearing some of the clothing from her heist when police arrived, while standing in the front yard of her home.

 

 

For several locals and this author, Zach Adams, Jason Autry and Shayne Austin were names associated with the investigation within weeks of Holly’s disappearance.  Prior to Adam’s indictment he was arrested on drug possession charges in Benton County at his girlfriend’s home.  On the day his home and property were searched by investigators he was also charged with aggravated assault against the sister of his girlfriend, Amber Bray.  Charges from the incident which occurred February 6th, 2014 included Adams holding a gun to her head and threatening to “gut her” for speaking with police about his possible involvement.

On February 24th, 4 days before the multiple searches conducted on different counties in the Bobo case,   Ms. Bray’s son Christopher and his girlfriend Toni Craig were operating a van that was pulled over in a traffic stop; the van was registered to Ms. Bray.   The Benton County Sherriff’s Office recovered over $60,000 in cultured pearls in several duffel bags from the van and when investigators went to the Bray home to recover the rest- Adams was standing in the front yard with a handful he said he wanted to “turn over”.    He was arrested on a drug possession charge shortly thereafter, posted bond again and released.

In what can only be described as an extremely odd coincidence, the last major theft of pearls or in this case, pearls in shells, involved extended family members and friends of Adams.  Danny Vine and Stella Thornton were brutally murdered in their Camden, Tennessee home on the evening of January 16, 1991.  Danny, an accomplished shell buyer with an assortment of day workers, sold much of his yield to or through the Tennessee Shell Company (TSC).  In 1998 The Tennessee Shell Company agreed to pay a $1,000,000 fine after 18 people were indicted for selling illegally harvested pearls/shells.   While the Tennessee Shell Company no longer has an active business license, members of the Arnold family, associated with the management of TSC are friends of Bray’s.  Two local brother’s, and extended kin, Gerry Lee and Charles Bruce were eventually tried and convicted.

But not before Sheila Kay Bradford, the live-in girlfriend would visit the TBI to turn over information about Bruce after leaving the residence in fear.  She was offered Federal protection but refused when she learned she would have to testify.  Two days later, on September 22, 1992, Bradford’ car was found with the keys in the ignition at a relative’s home.  She has never been seen since and her disappearance has been ruled suspicious.

 

Kissing  Killing Cousins

 

Jason Wayne Autry is Holly Bobo’s second cousin.   He has an extensive criminal history which includes, by his own admission, leadership in the Aryan Brotherhood.

He also claims to have converted his past sins and deeds since finding faith after a near fatal infection in prison.   Autry is serving the equivalent of a life sentence in Federal prison.  Indicted on March 28th, Autry, an impeding chum  at 6’ 7” tall, is not likely to be the suspect Holly encountered in her backyard as described by her brother Clint.

Shayne Kyle Austin, whose parent’s property is situated closely to the Bobo property was at one time, close friends with Holly’s Cousin Natalie Bobo.  He also worked for a time for Dana Bobo, Holly’s Father, until he fired him.  It is not known if the incident is related, but this occurs around the time that Natalie’s Father Leonard, and Dana Bobo travel across state lines to bring Natalie home in an effort to intervene and provide an avenue for substance abuse issues she was suffering, as well her choice of activity to fund same.

He has an extensive criminal history and closely resembles a sketch developed by Candace Wood, a friend of Holly’s who attended the Coon hunt with her 4 days before her disappearance of a man who appeared to be fixated on her, and speaking into his phone at the same time.  Austin is approximately 5’10” and wears glasses.

Out of the three suspects to date, he also closely matches the description of the man seen walking into the woods with her, we know now as alleged by the TBI, with a weapon to insure her compliance.   Austin, and Michael Lee Alexander were moved from different county correctional facilities into Decatur jail on March 2, 2014.  Lee lives in the adjacent property to Adam’s on Pughe Rd.

Two days later, on March 4, Zach Alexander “coerces” his brother through one, or both of them.

On March 5th, former Decatur resident and convicted rapist Victor Dinsmore, an associate of all three of the accused claims he passed a polygraph, thus, “clearing his name.”  Sources inside the investigation have confirmed that Dinsmore and his wife Sandy are material witnesses in the case against all three men- but specifically informed investigators that Zach Adams openly bragged about what happened to Holly Bobo while a guest at the Dinsmore residence.

On March 6th, Austin signed an immunity deal a day after Adams indictment.

So- how does a 20 year old nursing student and aspiring singer cross paths with the likes of Adams, Autry and Austin?  The old adage You can’t pick your family may be a factor. (more…)

Jennifer Kesse Missing Since 2006: Greta Van Susteren To Air One Hour Special

Jennifer Kesse Family Photo

As many of you following blinkoncrime.com  are aware, S. Christina Stoy spent several weeks investigating Jennifer Kesse’s disappearance in January of 2006.   In March 2012,  Stoy published an explosive new look into the investigation that remains with the Orlando Police Department to this day.  Previous publications in Jennifer’s case can be found here and here.

This Friday,  April 18th at 7PM,  Greta Van Susteren will be re-visiting Jennifer’s disappearance  in a one hour special dedicated to her case on her show “ON THE RECORD”.

While none of us who were interviewed for the show can predict what the final piece will reflect, we are enthusiastic for Jennifer, Drew, Joyce, Logan and Katie Kesse to have Greta review the case she covered from the beginning.

 

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“Blink” will be discussing case developments in The Holly Bobo murder indictment,  upcoming news in the Jennifer Kesse disappearance and other current cases.

 

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Kyron Horman Missing: New Years Eve Settlement Ends Horman Marriage

Portland, OR- In a surprise court hearing,  Judge Henry Kantor signed off on the agreement between Kaine Horman and Terri Moulton Horman to end their marriage this afternoon.

Details of the agreement have not been released publicly, but according to KGW,  a financial settlement to include child support and a lump payment to Terri Horman has been reached.

In what can only be described as a bitter family court feud-  the divorce matter was last in court on December 16th to decide if the Horman landscaper,  Rodolfo Sanchez Estrada -who alleges Terri Horman tried to hire him to murder Kaine Horman at a lunch meeting – would testify.

Judge Kantor has not yet filed an order from that hearing but Attorneys for Terri Horman were granted a continuance from the pending temporary custody motion scheduled for December 19th and 20th.

 

 

BOC Associate Editor Tarin Kenley contributed to this report.

 

 

 

Blink On Crime 2013 TRUE CRIME Year In Review On THE DANA PRETZER SHOW

Live Tonight at 9 PM EST- Join Editor In Chief S. Christina Stoy as Dana Pretzer’s guest on THE DANA PRETZER SHOW where she will be discussing the true crime cases her team has covered in 2013.

Featured Highlights:

The Quadruple Homicide of The McStay Family,  discovered November 11, 2013

The Case of still Missing Portland Child Kyron Horman

The Murder of Megan Sharpton

Also appearing this evening,  Investigative Journalist and Daily Beast Columnist Diane Dimond.

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