If you haven’t been up on the Erin Corwin case, here’s some backstory. She’s from Oak Ridge, TN — as is her husband, who’s in the Marines — and currently, they’re living in Twentynine Palms, CA. She went missing last week en route to Joshua Tree National Forest, apparently to scout out a location for her and her mother to visit when her mother came for her birthday in a couple of weeks. Her car has been found, but she hasn’t. There’s this, from her sister-in-law:
Heavilin told WBIR-TV in Tennessee last week the family hopes Corwin simply lost her way in the park. “She’s just really timid and she has a terrible sense of direction,” Heavilin said. “We were all scared for her to travel home on her own because she had to go through airports by herself and it can be kind of overwhelming if you don’t have a good sense of direction.”
Erin Corwin is fairly small — 5-foot-2, 120 pounds — and clearly hasn’t been away from home that much, so there are concerns there.
Because homicide detectives are now involved, all the public focus — and the social media focus — is going to her husband, the marine Jonathan Corwin. There’s an article on that aspect of the investigation here. I think that, without a doubt, Corwin (husband) should be the first person fully investigated; that’s only logical and seems like good law enforcement work. However, please remember the case of Whitney Heichel; when she first disappeared, most of the online web-sleuthing / true crime world thought it was the husband there. It wasn’t; it was a neighbor.
In sum: oftentimes it’s the spouse, yes … but I believe the number for “someone the victim knew” is even higher, at around 88 percent of most homicide cases. In the Erin Corwin situation, it could be someone else associated with Twentynine Palms. Hell, Erin Corwin’s own mom doesn’t suspect the husband.