SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. – A man who was believed to have had an affair with the pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine has been arrested in Alaska following the discovery of her body in a 140-foot mine shaft some seven weeks after she disappeared, KTLA reports.
Christopher Lee was taken into custody in Alaska on Sunday on suspicion of the murder of Erin Corwin.
Corwin, 19, was about three months pregnant when she was reported missing on June 28.
Her husband, Cpl. Jonathan Wayne Corwin, who is stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, has not spoken publicly about his wife.
Johnathan Corwin’s aunt Jan Rickett, of Kernersville, spoke with FOX8 last month, saying she knew Johnathan loved his wife and that, despite some speculation that he was involved in her disappearance, there was “no way” he could be.
If Lee fails to waive extradition, it will take four to five weeks for him to be returned from Alaska to San Bernardino County.
Charges against him will be decided within 48 hours, county District Attorney Michael Ramos said at Monday’s news conference.