Left: Erstad, circa 1992; Right: Age-progression by NCMEC to age 20.
Corrine Leanne Erstad
Missing since June 1, 1992 from Inver Grove Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Circumstances of Disappearance
Erstad was last seen at approximately 19:30 on June 1, 1992 as she went to play in Skyline Park near her home in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.
Her two brothers walked to the park to bring her back home after she had been gone for five minutes.
A friend of the Erstads, was viewed as the main suspect in her disappearance from the beginning. He often stayed overnight at the family's home. Often in the same bed as Erstad. The suspect was at her home the day she was reported as missing. He was charged with her kidnapping, rape and murder on June 5, 1992.
Authorities discovered a dress identical to the one that Erstad was last seen wearing and a pair of girl's underpants inside the suspect's locker. The clothing had been stained with blood and semen. Bloodstains were also discovered on a shower curtain inside his trailer.
DNA testing showed that it could have come from both Erstad and the suspect. Defense argued at the suspect's trial that his locker and trailer were not secured and that the evidence could have been planted to frame him for Erstad's disappearance. Minnesota law did not allow full usage of DNA evidence at trials in 1992. As a result, the suspect was acquitted of all charges. He has continued to maintain his innocence.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Inver Grove Heights Police Department
Missing Persons Unit
Inv Corey Thomas
NCMEC #: NCMC769157
Agency Case Number: 92I5417/NamUs MP #6038
NCIC Number: M569909933
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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