Monday, July 7 2014, 02:35 PM CDT
Marine's pregnant wife missing from California
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The search continues for a pregnant Marine wife who disappeared in California a week ago.
A helicopter took off Friday morning, giving teams another resource on the search for 19-year-old Erin Corwin. The search is now in it's seventh day.
The pregnant wife of a Marine went missing Saturday, last seen driving away from her home at the base, for a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
Despite triple digit temperatures and treacherous conditions, more than 30 search and rescue volunteers continued looking.
"We know that she is out there, it's just a matter of us trying to figure out exactly where," Captain Dale Monday with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.
The captain says each day, different leads give the sheriff's department hope and direction, including finding Corwin's car last week.
Crews are still 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," he said.
While the investigation continues, the community of Twenty-Nine Palms is holding out hope she is 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, making sure people remember to keep her 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," Hulak said.
And until Erin does come home, Hulak says she will not 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. You would not want people to give up on you, why give up on her," Hulak said.