Pregnant Marine Wife's Suspected Lover Arrested After Her Body Is Found In A Mine Shaft
Nearly a month and a half after her disappearance from Twentynine Palms, the body of Erin Corwin was found at the bottom of a 140 foot mine shaft. Christopher Lee, her neighbor with whom she was allegedly having an affair, has been arrested. Christopher Lee, 24, was arrested last night in Alaska, The Desert Sun reports. Lee and his wife, Nicole, moved back to their home state of Alaska shortly after Corwin's disappearance.
It is believed that Lee and Corwin were having an affair and that the baby she was pregnant with may have been his. She went missing on June 28 when she told her husband, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, that she was heading out to Joshua Tree to scope out a spot for her and her mother, who was planning a visit from Tennessee, to take photos.
Investigators say Corwin was actually planning a day-trip hunting in Joshua Tree with Lee to celebrate her pregnancy. Corwin's car was found near the military base, with one set of footprints leading to tire tracks that matched Lee's Jeep.
Lee's story regarding Corwin changed several times. First he said he barely knew her, then that they had only kissed. However, texts Corwin sent to a friend back in Tennessee indicated a far more intimate relationship and revealed the day-trip.
According to court documents, Isabel Megli, who owned a horse ranch where the Lees and Corwin both had horses, told investigators that Nicole Lee told her that Corwin's body would never be found. She also said she overheard Nicole chastising Lee for being unable to keep his lies straight. Megli later told The Desert Sun that her words had been twisted.