Ex-Marine charged with murder after body found


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a former Marine with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned Southern California mine shaft.

The San Bernardino County Superior Court's web site says prosecutors on Tuesday charged 24-year-old Christopher Brandon Lee with murder.

Lee was arrested Sunday in Anchorage, Alaska, in connection with the death of 19-year-old Erin Corwin.

Authorities say Corwin and Lee were having an "intimate relationship" before she disappeared in Southern California in June. Court papers say Corwin was pregnant at the time.

Authorities searched a vast, remote area some 130 miles east of Los Angeles for Corwin for nearly two months and found her body Saturday in an abandoned mine shaft.

Corwin disappeared June 28 from her home in Twentynine Palms, where her Marine husband was stationed.

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