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Neighbor allegedly said body of Marine's missing wife won't be found

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Missing pregnant wife of Marine: Neighbor's wife allegedly said detectives will never find her body

The wife of a man who is suspected of having an affair with the missing pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine allegedly told a witness "detectives would never find her body," according to a search warrant made public this week.

The wife of Christopher Lee told the witness, Isabella Megli of Yucca Valley, who was subsequently interviewed by detectives, that without 19-year-old Erin Corwin's body, investigators "did not have a case against them," according to a search warrant issued July 8 in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Corwin, who was last seen June 28, was allegedly having an affair with Lee before she disappeared, apparently on her way to Joshua Tree National Park, according to the warrant. Lee also may have been the father of Corwin's child, according to the warrant, which cited an interview with a friend.

Corwin reportedly told her husband she was heading to Joshua Tree National Park to scout trails for the upcoming visit of her mother. When she didn't return home the next day, she was reported missing. Her phone had been turned off, according to authorities.

Lee, who was Corwin's neighbor, had reportedly planned to take Corwin on a hunting trip the same day she disappeared. But in an interview with investigators, he said he ended up going alone.

He also acknowledged being "romantically involved" with Corwin, but denied any sexual relationship, according to the warrant.

On June 30, authorities found Corwin's car abandoned a couple of minutes away from her home. Near her car, detectives found a shoe print and a set of tire marks, which they said matched those on Lee's vehicle, according to the warrant.

Lee and his wife, Nicole, had been storing their belongings at a property owned by Megli because they were reportedly moving to Alaska. The move, Megli told investigators, began after detectives searched their home as part of their investigation into Corwin's disappearance.

At the time, Lee's wife told Megli that detectives had missed something while searching their home garage, according to the warrant.

She also reportedly scolded Lee and called him dumb for "not being able to keep his lies straight" while talking to detectives, the warrant said.

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