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Title: Erstad, Corrine L. June 1,1992
Description: Minnesota 5 YO


oldies4mari2004 - August 22, 2006 06:45 PM (GMT)
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/e/erstad_corrine.html

Corrine Leanne Erstad


Left: Erstad, circa 1992;
Right: Age-progression at age 16 (circa 2003)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 1, 1992 from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: February 17, 1987
Age: 5 years old
Height and Weight: 3'2, 40 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. Erstad has scars on her forehead, lip, left ring finger and near her left eye.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white sundress imprinted with watermelon designs.


Details of Disappearance

Erstad was last seen at approximately 7:30 p.m. on June 1, 1992 as she went to play in Skyline Park near her family's residence in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Her father told authorities that Erstad's two brothers walked to the park to bring her back home after she had been gone for approximately five minutes. The child was nowhere to be found and has never been heard from again.
A child playing in the park told authorities that he believed he saw Erstad speaking with an unidentified man during the evening. The boy said that he saw a girl matching her description petting the man's dog. It has never been verified that the girl was in fact Erstad.

Authorities viewed Erstad's family's friend Robert Guevara as the main suspect in her disappearance from the onset of their investigation. Guevara often stayed overnight at the family's home at their invitation when he was intoxicated. Witnesses told authorities that Guevara often slept in the same bed as Erstad. Erstad's mother, Mona Williams, stated her daughter had accused Guevara of molesting her. Williams did not tell the police about this until several days after the child disappeared. Guevara was at Erstad's home the day she was reported as a missing child, and police dogs tracked her scent to his home after her disappearance. He was charged with her kidnapping, rape and murder on June 5, 1992, four days after Erstad disappeared.

Authorities discovered a dress identical to the garment Erstad was last seen wearing and a pair of girl's underpants inside Guevara's locker. The items of clothing had been stained with blood and semen. Bloodstains were also discovered on a shower curtain inside Guevara's trailer. DNA testing showed that the fluids could have come from both Erstad and Guevara. Defense witnesses argued at Guevara's trial that his locker and trailer were not secured and that the evidence could have been planted by unknown person(s) in order to frame Guevara for Erstad's disappearance. Guevara's attorneys theorized that Williams wanted to sell her daughter or arrange for her kidnapping to collect the anticipated ransom.

Minnesota law did not allow full usage of DNA evidence at trials in 1992; the law has since been revised. As a result, Guevara was acquitted of all charges in connection with Erstad's case. He has continued to maintain his innocence throughout the years.
Erstad's case remains unsolved. She has never been located.



Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Inver Grove Heights Police Department
651-450-2525



Source Information
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Star Tribune
The St. Paul Pioneer Press
America's Most Wanted



Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

Last updated March 31, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

100PercentFound - October 10, 2006 12:05 AM (GMT)
http://www.geocities.com/farmgirl1032001/Corrine_Erstad.html

DOB :feb-17-1987 Age :19 years
Height : 3' 2" - 97 cm
Weight : 40 lbs - 18 kg
Eyes :Brown Hair : Brown
Circumstances :

Erstad was last seen at approximately 7:30 PM on June 1, 1992 as she went to play in Skyline Park near her family's residence in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. She was wearing a white sundress imprinted with watermelon designs at the time she was last seen. Erstad's father told authorities that her two brothers walked to the park to bring her back home after she had been gone for approximately five minutes. Erstad was nowhere to be found and has never been heard from again.

A child playing in the park told authorities that he believed he saw Erstad speaking with an unidentified man during the evening. The boy said that he saw a girl matching her description petting the man's dog. It has never been verified that the girl was Erstad.

Authorities viewed Erstad's family's friend Robert Guevara as the main suspect in her disappearance from the onset of their investigation. Guevara often stayed overnight at the family's home at their invitation when he was intoxicated.

Witnesses told authorities that Guevara often slept in the same bed as Erstad. Guevara was at her home the day she was reported as a missing child. He was charged with her kidnapping, rape and murder on June 5, 1992, four days after Erstad disappeared.

Authorities discovered a dress identical to the garment Erstad was last seen wearing and a pair of girl's underpants inside Guevara's locker. The items of clothing had been stained with blood and semen. Bloodstains were also discovered on a shower curtain inside Guevara's trailer. DNA testing showed that the fluids could have come from both Erstad and Guevara. Defense witnesses argued at Guevara's trial that his locker and trailer were not secured and that the evidence could have been planted by unknown person(s) in order to frame Guevara for Erstad's disappearance. Minnesota law did not allow full usage of DNA evidence at trials in 1992; the law has since been revised. As a result, Guevara was acquitted of all charges in connection with Erstad's case. He has continued to maintain his innocence throughout the years.

Erstad's case remains unsolved. She has never been located.
Date Missing :Jun-01-1992

Corrine's photo is shown age-progressed to 16 years.

monkalup - November 24, 2006 10:57 PM (GMT)
http://www.geocities.com/farmgirl1032001/Corrine_Erstad.html

DOB :feb-17-1987 Age :19 years
Height : 3' 2" - 97 cm
Weight : 40 lbs - 18 kg
Eyes :Brown Hair : Brown
Circumstances :

Erstad was last seen at approximately 7:30 PM on June 1, 1992 as she went to play in Skyline Park near her family's residence in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. She was wearing a white sundress imprinted with watermelon designs at the time she was last seen. Erstad's father told authorities that her two brothers walked to the park to bring her back home after she had been gone for approximately five minutes. Erstad was nowhere to be found and has never been heard from again.

A child playing in the park told authorities that he believed he saw Erstad speaking with an unidentified man during the evening. The boy said that he saw a girl matching her description petting the man's dog. It has never been verified that the girl was Erstad.

Authorities viewed Erstad's family's friend Robert Guevara as the main suspect in her disappearance from the onset of their investigation. Guevara often stayed overnight at the family's home at their invitation when he was intoxicated.

Witnesses told authorities that Guevara often slept in the same bed as Erstad. Guevara was at her home the day she was reported as a missing child. He was charged with her kidnapping, rape and murder on June 5, 1992, four days after Erstad disappeared.

Authorities discovered a dress identical to the garment Erstad was last seen wearing and a pair of girl's underpants inside Guevara's locker. The items of clothing had been stained with blood and semen. Bloodstains were also discovered on a shower curtain inside Guevara's trailer. DNA testing showed that the fluids could have come from both Erstad and Guevara. Defense witnesses argued at Guevara's trial that his locker and trailer were not secured and that the evidence could have been planted by unknown person(s) in order to frame Guevara for Erstad's disappearance. Minnesota law did not allow full usage of DNA evidence at trials in 1992; the law has since been revised. As a result, Guevara was acquitted of all charges in connection with Erstad's case. He has continued to maintain his innocence throughout the years.

Erstad's case remains unsolved. She has never been located.
Date Missing :Jun-01-1992

Corrine's photo is shown age-progressed to 16 years.


monkalup - November 24, 2006 10:58 PM (GMT)

tatertot - August 8, 2017 05:02 PM (GMT)
http://www.twincities.com/2017/07/31/broth...-for-sex-abuse/

Brother of man acquitted in Corrine Erstad disappearance sentenced for sex abuse
By SARAH HORNER | Pioneer Press
PUBLISHED: July 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm | UPDATED: August 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

A recent attempt by authorities to glean new information about the unsolved kidnapping and murder of a 5-year-old girl from Inver Grove Heights more than 25 years ago ended in disappointment this week.

Investigators trying to solve the 1992 abduction and murder of Corrine Erstad had hoped that the arrest of Jerry Guevara Jr. this past winter might shed light on what happened to the girl.

Jerry Guevara is the older brother of Robert Joseph Guevara, police’s primary suspect after the Corrine disappeared from outside her home. Robert Joseph Guevara was later charged with her murder but a jury acquitted him.

The girl’s body was never found and police are still trying to uncover what happened to her.

Jerry Guevara Jr. was convicted in Washington County District Court with two counts of felony third-degree criminal-sexual conduct for fathering two children with a girl he had authority over. He was sentenced Monday, July 31, 2017 to 18 months in prison and 15 years of probation following conviction for sex crimes involving a minor in his care.

Despite the acquittal, investigators still believe Robert Guevara, who is now 49, was involved in her disappearance, said Lt. Joshua Otis of the Inver Grove Heights Police Department. Authorities were hopeful that Jerry Guevara’s February arrest on unrelated charges could lead to new insight into the cold case.

The thinking was that Jerry Guevara might be open to talking with investigators about Erstad’s abduction and any role his brother could have had in it in exchange for a plea deal in his own case, Otis said.

He wasn’t.

Jerry Guevara was sentenced in Washington County District Court on Monday on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after he was found guilty at trial.

The 53-year-old fathered a child with an underage girl about 15 years ago in Washington County. The two met through the girl’s mother, who Jerry Guevara reportedly dated for several years. He served as a father figure to the girl for several years before the two began a romantic relationship and went on to have nine children together, court records say.

“We went to talk to Mr. Guevara (when he was in custody in Washington County) but he was not receptive to talking,” Otis said. “I would say it’s been disappointing… We were hopeful that he would provide some information that would help with our investigation.”

Jerry Guevara is still awaiting court proceedings on similar charges in Olmsted County. Once his case begins moving forward there, police will make another attempt to talk with him, Otis said.

A family member of Jerry Guevara disputed the charges filed against him in both counties and accused authorities shortly after his arrest of trying to “set him up.”

Jerry Guevara referred to the charges as “false allegations” at his sentencing hearing Monday.

Corrine Erstad vanished from outside her Inver Grove Heights home on June 1, 1992.

Police found the little girl’s dress inside Robert Guevara’s storage locker in the days after her disappearance. It was stained with blood and semen. Robert Guevara was a longtime family friend of Corrine Erstad’s parents.

Robert Guevara’s defense argued at trial that the clothing could have been planted in the locker to frame him.

Jerry Guevara also was arrested in the days after Corrine Erstad’s disappearance, on suspicion of aiding and abetting his brother, but was released from custody without charges.

An affidavit requesting a search warrant filed in Ramsey County District Court earlier this year related to the allegations now facing Jerry Guevara stated that concern over DNA evidence from Corrine Erstad’s case was likely the “main concern” jurors had with delivering their verdict in Robert Guevara’s case.

In the decades since Robert Guevara’s acquittal, tips about the young girl have continued to come in to Inver Grove Heights police.

It was follow-up on one such tip that led to Jerry Guevara’s arrest, Otis said.

Police discovered him living in a home in Stearns County with a 31-year-old woman and several children found in “various stages of undress,” according to his criminal complaint.

It was later determined through medical records that Guevara fathered two of the children with the woman while she was still underage, one while she was 16 and the second when she was 17. One child reportedly was conceived in Washington County, the other in Olmsted.

During an interview with police following his arrest, the woman told investigators she has been in a romantic relationship with Jerry Guevara for more than a decade and that the two are engaged.

She spoke at his sentencing Monday morning and told the judge the two are “in love” and that she was not a victim of any crimes.

The prosecuting attorney disputed her narrative and said the doctor who conducted Jerry Guevara’s pyschosexual evaluation determined the couple’s early relationship involved elements of “abuse, exploitation and domination.”

A Washington County district judge sentenced Jerry Guevara to 15 years of probation and gave him credit for the time he’s served in jail since his arrest. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender and told not to have any contact with the mother of his children unless his probation officer determines otherwise.

The couple lost custody of their children in May.

Before his sentence was handed down, Jerry Guevara’s attorney, public defender Nathan Sosinksi, told the court that his client had been visited “repeatedly” in jail by investigators looking for information on the Corrine Erstad case.

“That particular matter, 20 years ago, shouldn’t play a role of any kind in Mr. Guevera’s (case),” Sosinksi said.




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