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    Corrine Leanne Erstad (5) - Inver Grove Heights MN, 1992

    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 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. 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.

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