He said the man in the red car had short hair and appeared to be short, perhaps less than 5’ 9”, although the man never exited the vehicle.
The siblings gave their statements to sheriff investigators at the scene when the Toyota was found June 30.
The Beasleys said deputies spent hours searching the area where Corwin’s Toyota was found. Search teams walked in straight lines over a grid pattern and a helicopter flew overhead, they said.
Detectives later obtained a search warrant to seize and examine Corwin’s abandoned vehicle, according to records obtained by CBS News 8.
CBS News 8 has learned a total of four search warrants were drawn up June 30 and signed by Joshua Tree court Judge Jon Ferguson just after midnight July 1.
The judge agreed to seal all four probable cause affidavits associated with the warrants.
In requesting the sealing order, Sheriff’s Detective Bryan Zierdt wrote, “The warrants sought pursuant to this affidavit relate to an ongoing investigation of felony offenses, and it is expected that additional search warrants will be sought relating to this matter.”
“If information contained in this affidavit were made available to any alleged co-conspirators, and/or media outlets, the destruction of potential evidence would occur,” Zierdt wrote.
The attachments to the search warrants were not sealed, however. They list the following locations and vehicles to be searched:
- Blue 2013 Toyota Sedan bearing California license # 7CJX519
- Dark colored Jeep Cherokee bearing Alaska license # GHP564
- The premises at 6650 Jasmine St, apartment #F, Twenty Nine Palms
- The premises at 6650 Jasmine St, apartment #D, Twenty Nine Palms
The street addresses in the warrants appear to refer to Jasmine Drive apartments on the Marine base. There was no mention of a red, compact sedan in any of the four search warrants obtained by CBS News 8.
The four search warrants all contained identical, boilerplate language that allowed investigators to search for the following:
-Hair and fibers
-Skin, muscle and fat tissues
-Item soiled with bodily fluids
-Weapons and firearms
-Electronic storage devices, hardware, software and computers
UPDATE July 16: Search warrants have been posted in PDF format on this page, as well as extended interview clips with witness.