TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Efforts are intensifying to find a missing pregnant woman in Twentynine Palms nearly a week after she was last seen.
Search and rescue teams continue to scour the desert looking for 19-year-old Erin Corwin, the wife of Marine corporal Jonathan Wayne Corwin. Erin was last seen driving away from her home on base Saturday morning at 7AM. She was headed to Joshua Tree National Park to look for places to take photos according to her mother.
Deputies found her blue Toyota Corolla on Monday in Twentynine Palms at an undisclosed location. Despite triple digit temperatures and treacherous conditions, more than 30 Search and Rescue volunteers continue looking.
"We know that she is out there, it's just a matter of finding exactly where," said Captain Dale Mondary from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Captain Mondary says each day, different leads give them hope and direction, including finding her car. Searchers are moving forward with extreme caution because the possibility of foul play is very real.
"We are also looking at it as a potential criminal investigation so we don't want to destroy any evidence we may be able to recover," said Captain Mondary.
While the investigation continues, the community of Twentynine Palms is holding out hope that she's alive and well and will be found. Hannah Hulak and another Marine wife made more than 300 purple ribbons, Erin's favorite color, to pass out at the town's fourth of July celebration. She wants to make sure people keep Erin in their thoughts.
"I hope she's out there and I hope she can see this, and if she is, I pray for her to come home safe," said Hulak.
And until Erin does come home, Hulak says she won't stop thinking about her, and says no one else should either.
"This could be you. This could be your family. This could be your daughter, brother, sister, mother," said Hulak. "You wouldn't want people to give up on you, why give up on her."
Anyone with information about Erin Corwin is urged to contact the Sheriff's Specialized Investigation Division at 909-387-3580 or Sheriff's dispatch at 909-387-8313. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to www.wetip.com.
A fund has been set up to help the Corwin family during the search, you can donate to Bring Erin Home.Photos: Police search for missing pregnant woman in Twentynine Palms