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xx Corrine Erstad - June 1, 1992 - MN
« Thread started on: Jan 25th, 2005, 08:51am »

Thanks to PattyDee for Alerting Us To This Case
Summary of Disappearance from The Doe Network:

Erstad was last seen at approximately 7:30 PM 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, Robert Guevara was viewed as the main suspect in her disappearance from the beginning. Guevara often stayed overnight at the family's home. Often in the same bed as Erstad. Guevara 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 Guevara's locker. The clothing had been stained with blood and semen. Bloodstains were also discovered on a shower curtain inside Guevara's trailer. DNA testing showed that it could have come from both Erstad and Guevara. Defense argued at Guevara's trial that his locker and trailer were not secured and that the evidence could have been planted to frame Guevara for Erstad's disappearance. Minnesota law did not allow full usage of DNA evidence at trials in 1992. As a result, Guevara was acquitted of all charges. He has continued to maintain his innocence.
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xx Re: Corrine Erstad - June 1, 1992 - MN
« Reply #1 on: Jan 25th, 2005, 09:31am »

This case is not only a criminal nightmare, but a judical nightmare as well. I hate posts which focus on the perpetrator, but he's still at large and a danger to others.
http://www.mndaily.com/daily/gopher-archives/1993/01/13/Suspect_admits_blackout%2C_denies_murde.txt
http://www.mndaily.com/daily/gopher-archives/1993/04/08/Attorney_says_Robert_Guevara_to_leave_state.txt
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In Loving Memory of Corrine Erstad
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xx Re: Corrine Erstad - June 1, 1992 - MN
« Reply #2 on: Jan 27th, 2005, 07:23am »

The www.startribune.com archives contain the following articles on the tragic abduction of Corrine.
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5-year-old girl feared abducted from park in Inver Grove Heights
Published on June 3, 1992
By Jim Adams; Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writers

State and federal authorities joined police Tuesday in the search for a 5-year-old girl believed to have been abducted from a park behind her home in Inver Grove Heights.

Corrine Erstad was last seen Monday evening talking to a man who may have lured the preschooler with his dog, described as looking like a yellow Labrador retriever, police said. Investigators have developed a detailed description of the man and a brown van he apparently drove, but they have not ruled out
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Parents need to inform children without terrifying them, experts say
Published on June 4, 1992
By Pat Prince; Staff Writer

The apparent kidnapping of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad this week should cause discussions about safety in every family with children, experts say.

But parents also must take care to find the balance between terrifying their children and giving them information that could save their lives. Experts advise delivering the message in small doses, skipping the gory details and making sure children realize that they need to follow the rules their parents set to keep them safe.
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Search for missing 5-year-old continues
Published on June 4, 1992
By Jim Adams; Staff Writer

The search for 5-year-old Corrine Erstad continued Wednesday as police interviewed a boy who confirmed another boy's description of a man seen talking to the girl before she disappeared in Inver Grove Heights Monday evening.

The 12-year-old boy told police yesterday that he noticed a man walking near a brown van in Skyview Park near the girl's home Monday evening, said Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Stanley Troyer. The boy said he was playing tennis and hit a ball
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Police start from zero in search for Corrine
Published on June 4, 1992
By Kevin Duchschere; Jim Adams; Staff Writers

As Inver Grove Heights residents prayed for the safe return of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad Wednesday night, police said that they had reluctantly decided that their best lead in the case was taking them nowhere.

Police Chief Stanley Troyer said last night that police no longer believe a man pictured in a composite sketch or a brown van he allegedly drove had anything to do with Corrine's abduction.
"[Thursday] morning at 8 o'clock we start new, we start
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Police start anew in search for Corrine; relatives questioned ( 1168 words )
Published on June 5, 1992
By Jim Adams; James Walsh; Staff Writers

After reluctantly discarding their best lead in the disappearance of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad, investigators began questioning relatives and friends Thursday about the missing Inver Grove Heights girl.

Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Stanley Troyer said yesterday that police had made a mistake in concentrating so many resources on trying to find the driver of a brown van who had been seen talking with Corrine in a park near her house shortly before she disappeared Monday
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Friend of girl's family arrested (1600 words )
Published on June 6, 1992
By James Walsh; Jim Adams; Staff Writers

A longtime friend of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad's family was arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping the girl, who disappeared from her home in Inver Grove Heights Monday night.

Robert J. Guevara, 24, who often stayed overnight at Corrine's house and who left it at the same time she vanished Monday, was arrested in Pine County at 7:15 a.m. yesterday.

Police have not found Corrine, but said they found enough evidence to charge Guevara. Corrine's
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Blood found in van linked suspect to abduction
Published on June 6, 1992
By Conrad deFiebre; Staff Writer

Robert Guevara's own statement that he had thoroughly cleaned the blue van he drove from Corrine Erstad's home on the night she disappeared was the first step toward the blood-stained evidence linking him to her abduction, police said Friday.

After a three-hour interview with Guevara on Wednesday, investigators seized the van. On Thursday morning they discovered blood smears on one of its seats, and by early Friday had found Corrine's bloody clothing, according to
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Police press their search for Corrine
Published on June 7, 1992
By Laurie Blake; Donna Halvorsen; Staff Writers

Without help from Corrine Erstad's suspected kidnapper, police responded Saturday to tips and revisited places where they had already looked for the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl.

Robert J. Guevara, the 25-year-old Oakdale man charged with kidnapping her, has not spoken with police since his arrest early Friday, and officers are not offering him any deals to secure his cooperation, Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Stanley Troyer said yesterday.
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Dog tracks Corrine's scent to suspect's door in trailer park search
Published on June 8, 1992
By Rob Hotakainen; Staff Writer

Authorities combed a park and trailer court in Oakdale as the search for 5-year-old Corrine Erstad continued Sunday night, but they reported no luck with their efforts.

Shortly before 7 p.m., neighbors watched curiously as a tracking dog from the Minneapolis police canine unit followed the scent of the missing Inver Grove Heights girl to the mobile home where her accused kidnapper lived.

The bloodhound smelled the girl's scent on a piece of red and white
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Police search park again for Corrine
Published on June 9, 1992
By Jim Adams; Staff Writer

For the fourth straight day, police searched unsuccessfully for Corrine Erstad with dogs and divers in a wooded, marshy area of Oakdale Monday, not far from the mobile home of the man charged with kidnapping her.

About five divers searched shallow Mud Lake in Oakdale Park, about a mile south of the home of Robert Guevara, who is charged with abducting the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl last Monday night. Two nearby residents said police have searched the marshy pond area
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xx Re: Corrine Erstad - June 1, 1992 - MN
« Reply #3 on: Jan 27th, 2005, 07:31am »

Minnesota's other major archival source of past news www.pioneerpress.com also has numerous articles on this tragedy.
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PARENTS NEED TO EASE FEARS WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN

Source: BYLINE: Kay Harvey, Staff Writer
When Patty Wetterling shares with children the insights she has gained since her son Jacob was abducted 2 1/2 years ago, her message is that every child is special.``Nobody has the right to hurt you physically or sexually,'' she tells children she talks to in schools and groups across the nation.But when the rights of children such as Jacob Wetterling and 5-year-old Corrine Erstad of Inver Grove Heights are violated, parents face the dilemma of how to ease their

Published on June 3, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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HEARING ABOUT MISSING CHILD MAKES PATTY WETTERLING HURT

Source: BYLINE: Dennis Lien, Staff Writer
Whenever Patty Wetterling hears about a missing child, her own hurt feels fresh again.``It recalls you back to the beginning,'' said Wetterling, whose 11-year-old son Jacob was abducted near their home in St. Joseph, Minn., in October 1989. ``There is a lot of pain. And when it's closer to home, it hits harder.''It hit hard Tuesday. Wetterling, in St. Paul to visit her mother, woke up to news of the apparent abduction of a 5-year-old girl in neighboring

Published on June 3, 1992, Page 9A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MISSING GIRL DESCRIBED AS AFFECTIONATE AND SOMEWHAT SHY

Source: BYLINE: Walter Parker, Staff Writer
Corrine Erstad loves her Barbie doll and teddy bear, her pet cat and her dog Yogi, riding her new bike and walking to the park with her two big brothers to play on the swings.Sweet, trusting, affectionate and happy were words used by friends and relatives to describe Corrine.``She tells a lot of people that she loves them,'' said her father, James Erstad, 30, of Lakeville.Erstad's mother, Mona Williams, described the little girl as somewhat shy, although

Published on June 3, 1992, Page 9A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GIRL MISSING, FEARED ABDUCTED//5-YEAR-OLD LAST SEEN WITH MAN AT PARK IN INVER GROVE HEIGHTS ( 1032 words )

Source: BYLINE: Jim George and Mike Sweeney, Staff Writers
Corrine Erstad, 5, got up from her nap just after 6 p.m. Monday, put on her white sun dress - the one with watermelons printed on it - and walked out the back door of her Inver Grove Heights home.Children saw her later that evening, chatting with a man on a park bench a block from home. She was stroking a golden Labrador retriever.Then she vanished.By noon Tuesday, after searching for her all night, police declared her disappearance a probable abduction and called in the FBI and

Published on June 3, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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PRAYERS OFFERED FOR MISSING GIRL//FAMILY, FRIENDS, EVEN STRANGERS CROWD CHURCH

Source: BYLINE: David Shaffer and Walter Parker, Staff Writers
Stunned residents of Inver Grove Heights held hands, prayed and sang together Wednesday for the safe return of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad.Approximately 350 people, including the missing girl's parents, gathered in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Inver Grove Heights for an interdenominational prayer service that included a plea to the unknown abductor.``We pray on behalf of the abductor because (the Lord) instructed us to pray for our enemies,'' said the Rev.

Published on June 4, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DISAPPEARANCE PROMPTS MOM TO ORGANIZE

Source: BYLINE: Theresa Monsour, Staff Writer
Judy Nimeth watched her 3-year-old daughter romp Wednesday morning in the playground behind their second-floor Inver Grove Heights apartment.She glanced away to answer the phone, and when she peered out a moment later her daughter was gone. Already fearful after the apparent abduction of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad, Nimeth panicked.She ran through the apartment building screaming her daughter's name. She found Teela one floor down, playing in the apartment of another little girl.

Published on June 4, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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HUNT FOR GIRL BACK AT `ZERO'//POLICE NOW DISCOUNT REPORT OF MAN, DOG AND BROWN VAN

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario, Staff Writer
Authorities involved in the search for Corrine Erstad ``went back to ground zero'' Wednesday night.Inver Grove Heights police said they have abandoned the premise that a brown van with tan stripes was involved in the abduction of the 5-year-old girl. And they no longer are seeking a man two elementary school children said they saw talking to Corrine near the van shortly before she disappeared.< Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Stanley Troyer said that the

Published on June 4, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MISSING GIRL'S MOTHER MAKES AN APPEAL FOR HELP

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario, Staff Writer
In an emotional appeal broadcast live on TV, the mother of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad urged Minnesotans on Thursday to ``keep an eye out'' for her missing daughter.Mona Williams, 25, kept her composure as she asked for the public's help in assisting the search for the little girl.But her voice broke and her eyes welled with tears when she looked into the camera and spoke directly to her missing daughter:``If you can hear me, Corrine, I love you, I miss you, I want you

Published on June 5, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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FRIEND CHARGED IN ABDUCTION HUNT GOES ON FOR MISSING GIRL ( 1661 words )

Source: BYLINE: RUBEN ROSARIO Staff Writer
A trusted family friend who helped relatives in the search for Corrine Erstad was arrested early Friday and charged with her abduction.The little girl's whereabouts and her fate, however, remain unknown.Robert Joseph Guevara, 24, was arrested at 7 a.m. Friday by a state trooper near Hinckley in Pine County. He was in the company of his live-in girlfriend, Christine Holzmer, 26.The woman, who fled with Guevara early Thursday after she learned a warrant had been issued for his

Published on June 6, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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KIDNAP SUSPECT WAS IN COURT TUESDAY

Source: BYLINE: WALTER PARKER Staff Writer
Friday was the second day this week that Robert Joseph Guevara appeared in Dakota County District Court.This has been a bizarre week for the man suspected of kidnapping Corrine Erstad. He joined the massive search for his close friends' child and spent time consoling her parents. On Tuesday, he had to appear for a court hearing on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend several weeks ago.The frenetic week culminated in his arrest and booking Friday on charges of kidnapping and

Published on June 6, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 27th, 2005, 07:39am »

More articles from the Pioneer Press!
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POLICE, GIRL'S FAMILY AT ODDS OVER REPORT

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario and Matthew G. Davis, Staff Writers
The search for Corrine Erstad continued Saturday as family members and police remained at odds over allegations that the suspect in the girl's disappearance was allowed to sleep with her on occasion.Two unnamed sources told authorities that the child's stepfather, Steve Williams, told them that Robert Joseph Guevara sometimes slept with the girl at the family's Inver Grove Heights home after a night of heavy drinking.The allegations are contained in a felony criminal

Published on June 7, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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POLICE AT GRAND OLD DAY FIND PARENTS PANICKY ABOUT LOST KIDS// WANDERING TOTS RETURNED

Source: BYLINE: Kate McCarthy, Staff Writer
St. Paul police are used to the perennial problem of reconnecting wandering children with their parents at Grand Old Day, the enormous street festival that ushers in summer along Grand Avenue.What they aren't used to is parents primed by fliers seeking help in finding 5-year-old Corrine Erstad, missing since last week. That disappearance put an exceptionally frantic edge on parents temporarily separated from about half a dozen children in the 230,000 outdoor partiers Sunday

Published on June 8, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DAY 6 IN SEARCH FOR MISSING CHILD ENDS FRUITLESSLY

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
The sixth day of searching for 5-year-old Corrine Erstad ended fruitlessly Sunday night, as her suspected abductor remained in jail and apparently continued to refuse to talk with authorities.Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Stanley Troyer reported that police were again searching the Oakdale trailer home where Robert Joseph Guevara, the suspected abductor, lived. Guevara, who turned 25 on Sunday, is being held in the Dakota County jail.Troyer said search crews ended their day

Published on June 8, 1992, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GIRLFRIEND OF KIDNAPPING SUSPECT RELEASED FROM DAKOTA COUNTY JAIL

Source: BYLINE: Walter Parker, Staff Writer
The girlfriend of the man suspected in the kidnapping of Corrine Erstad was released by Dakota County authorities Monday morning after spending the weekend in jail and cooperating with investigators.Authorities continued to search for the missing 5-year-old without success.Robert Guevara's girlfriend, Christine Holzmer, 26, is not a suspect in the abduction, said Charles Diemer, chief deputy county attorney. Guevara, 25, her boyfriend and housemate, has been charged with

Published on June 9, 1992, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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PROSECUTOR WANTS EVIDENCE WITHHELD FROM ABDUCTION SUSPECT UNTIL LATER//SEARCH CONTINUES FOR CORRINE ERSTAD

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
The man suspected of kidnapping Corrine Erstad should not be allowed to examine any of the evidence against him until the investigation is completed, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom argued in court Tuesday.Backstrom asked District Judge Edward Lynch to prevent Robert Guevara from seeing any of the witnesses' statements, police reports or other evidence until after a grand jury considers charges in the case.Investigators, meanwhile, continued their search for the

Published on June 10, 1992, Page 4B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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BROTHER OF SUSPECT IN CASE OF MISSING 5-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED//JUDGE GIVES DAKOTA COUNTY OFFICIALS UNTIL AUG. 10 TO CONVENE GRAND JURY

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario and Richard Chin, Staff Writers
The brother of Robert Joseph Guevara was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly helping his brother avoid arrest in the abduction of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad.Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Stanley Troyer announced that police arrested Jerry Guevara Jr. about 7 p.m. at 2328 11th Ave. E., North St. Paul.Troyer said Jerry Guevara, 28, is being held at Dakota County jail pending a decision by Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom on whether to charge him in the case. He said

Published on June 11, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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ABDUCTION CASE GRAND JURY DELAYED UNTIL AUG. 10

Source: BYLINE: RUBEN ROSARIO Staff Writer
A judge on Wednesday gave prosecutors until Aug. 10 to convene a grand jury in the Corrine Erstad abduction case.The 60-day extension had been requested by Dakota County prosecutors in the hopes that the missing child will be found in the coming weeks and to give investigators more time to compile evidence in her alleged abduction.If the child is found dead, the extension granted by Dakota County District Judge Edward Lynch also affords prosecutors the opportunity to ask the grand

Published on June 11, 1992, Page 3D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MISSING GIRL'S MOM HAS DIZZY SPELL

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario, Staff Writer
The mother of Corrine Erstad was recuperating Thursday at her home after experiencing dizziness Wednesday while participating in a child safety seminar in Inver Grove Heights.Mona Williams was taken to Divine Redeemer Memorial Hospital in South St. Paul Wednesday night after she finished reading a poem she wrote for her missing daughter.Jim Lord, a Wayzata lawyer acting as the family's spokesman, said the 25-year-old mother of three was resting Thursday."She felt

Published on June 12, 1992, Page 6C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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SUSPECT'S BROTHER FREED IN ERSTAD CASE LAWYER RAPS OFFICIALS ( 874 words )

Source: BYLINE: TOM MAJESKI Staff Writer
Jerry Guevara Jr., the brother of the man accused in the disappearance of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad, was released by Dakota County authorities Friday after they said tests on evidence gathered during the investigation were negative.No details on either the evidence or the tests involved were released.Guevara, 28, was arrested Wednesday in North St. Paul and accused by authorities of helping his younger brother, Robert Joseph Guevara, avoid arrest in connection with Corrine

Published on June 13, 1992, Page 8A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 27th, 2005, 07:47am »

The tragedy continued. Complete articles can of course be accessed via www.pioneerpress.com
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INTENSIVE SEARCH TURNS UP NOTHING IN ERSTAD CASE

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario Staff Writer
Walking shoulder to shoulder, scores of fire department volunteers and police combed a debris-strewn area near the South St. Paul-Inver Grove Heights border on Saturday in a renewed search for Corrine Erstad.The search, which uncovered no clues to the missing 5-year-old's whereabouts, began at 8:15 a.m. and targeted a stretch of land roughly bounded by Interstate 494 to the north, south to 66th Street in Inver Grove Heights, east to the Mississippi River and west to Concord

Published on June 14, 1992, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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CORINNE'S MOM, STEPFATHER PASS LIE DETECTOR TEST

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Corrine Erstad's mother, Mona Williams, and stepfather, Steve Williams, have taken polygraph tests that show they had nothing to do with the disappearance of the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl, according to a spokesman for the family.Jim Lord, a Wayzata attorney representing Mona and Steve Williams, said at a press conference Thursday that he released information about the tests because police had earlier said everyone, especially family members, were suspects in the June 1

Published on June 19, 1992, Page 2C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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HIGH ANXIETY//DOES DANGER LURK AROUND EVERY CORNER? THESE DAYS, IT SEEMS THAT WAY WITH ALL THE MEDIA REPORTS OF ABDUCTIONS, ACCIDENTS AND HORRORS OF EVERY KIND. BUT ARE WE REALLY SCARING OURSELVES?

Source: David Hawley, Staff Writer
My 8-year-old son is supposed to wear a name tag during his class at the Science Museum of Minnesota. But Daniel objects when my wife tries to stick it on his jacket."Not on my jacket!'' he shouts. "Strangers will know my name.''And then, to drive home the point, he adds, "Jacob Wetterling.'' We all know what that signifies: child abduction.When Daniel goes to the Dairy Queen, he sees taped in the window a dog-eared poster of the St. Joseph boy

Published on June 22, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MISSING CHILD'S MOM BEGS JAILED SUSPECT FOR INFO//NOT KNOWING IS 'WORSE THAN DEATH,' SHE WRITES

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Saying that not knowing whether her daughter is dead or alive is "worse than death,'' the mother of Corrine Erstad on Wednesday implored the man suspected of kidnapping the 5-year-old girl to tell where she is."Our house is no longer a home, now it's a torture chamber,'' Mona Williams wrote in a letter to Robert Guevara, a family friend who has been charged with kidnapping Williams' daughter.Guevara, 25, was arrested June 5, four days after Corrine

Published on June 25, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S PRINTS ARE FOUND ON BAG WITH GIRL'S SUN DRESS

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara's fingerprints have been found on a plastic bag containing the bloodstained sun dress Corrine Erstad wore the night she disappeared, prosecutors disclosed Thursday in Dakota County District Court.The sun dress and other bloodstained items were found in a West St. Paul storage locker rented by Guevara, which led to his arrest June 5, four days after the 5-year-old girl disappeared from her Inver Grove Heights home. Numerous searches have failed to locate the

Published on June 26, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MISSING GIRL'S DRESS APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN CUT BY KNIFE

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario, Staff Writer
The dress worn by Corrine Erstad the night she vanished a month ago had rips and tears in it that apparently had been made by a sharp object.The disclosure came as another search for the 5-year-old missing girl was conducted Wednesday.Despite dozens of area searches and an arrest, the fate and whereabouts of the Inver Grove Heights girl remain a mystery.Two independent sources familiar with the case confirm that the blood-stained dress found June 5 in Robert Guevara's

Published on July 2, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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SEARCHERS DRAG MISSISSIPPI FOR EVIDENCE IN ERSTAD CASE

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Authorities searching for evidence in the Corrine Erstad abduction dragged the Mississippi River near the Interstate 494 bridge in South St. Paul on Monday.A citizen told police of seeing someone who looked like Robert Guevara - the chief suspect in the abduction of the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl - in the area below the bridge the morning after Corrine disappeared early last month. A canine unit brought in to check out the area also alerted at the spot, authorities

Published on July 7, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MISSISSIPPI OFFERS NO CLUES IN SEARCH FOR MISSING GIRL

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
The search for Corrine Erstad in the Mississippi River on Tuesday turned up a couple of logs, an old tire and assorted river-bottom debris but no trace of the missing 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl.It was the second day of dragging the river near the Interstate 494 bridge over the Mississippi River in South St. Paul. On Monday, searchers found rocks bound with duct tape in what may have been a homemade weight, but they had not determined whether the rocks were connected to the June

Published on July 8, 1992, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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SOCIETY MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT CHILDREN

Children best represent innocence and love in their purest form. To look deeply into their loving, trusting eyes is to remind us how beautiful and full of hope life can be for us all. They look to us for love, support, protection and guidance. The more effort we put toward providing our children these things, the greater, more wonderful our reward will be. Their little smiles alone are compensation beyond value.In my heartfelt opinion, the most dangerous criminals among us are those

Published on July 19, 1992, Page 12A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 27th, 2005, 07:57am »

The trial of the suspect draws closer. More Pioneer Press articles.
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JUDGE DELAYS PROCEEDINGS IN ERSTAD CASE//GRAND JURY WON'T BE CONVENED UNTIL TESTS ARE COMPLETE

Source: BYLINE: Louis Porter II, Staff Writer
In a victory for prosecutors in the Corrine Erstad kidnapping case, Dakota County District Judge Edward Lynch ruled Wednesday that convening a grand jury and a hearing on evidence could be postponed beyond Aug. 10.Assistant Dakota County Attorney Phillip Propkopowicz, in asking for a delay in calling a grand jury to consider the charges against suspect Robert Guevara, said he wanted jurors to have results of blood tests taken from items seized at Guevara's home, storage locker and

Published on July 23, 1992, Page 6D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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IF ONLY PUNISHMENT MIGHT FIT THE CRIME

Source: BYLINE: Joe Soucheray, Staff Columnist
If there has been a summer more grim for its reports of banged up, neglected, kidnapped or abused children, I don't know when it would be, nor might it even be instructive to find out. Backyard conversations get around to being rhetorical: Is there more troubling news today, or has it always been this way but you just never heard as much about it? Now is bad enough. It began in May with the discovery in a Wisconsin roadside ditch of Miranda Paffel, 9, who had been beaten, but also

Published on July 29, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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TESTS SET FOR ITEMS LINKED TO ERSTAD

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Scientific tests on eight bloodstained items seized during the investigation of the Corrine Erstad abduction will begin today, according to Dakota County authorities.The items were seized in early June from a West St. Paul storage locker rented by Robert Guevara and from Guevara's mobile home in Oakdale. Guevara was arrested June 5 and has been charged with kidnapping the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl. For more than a month defense and prosecution attorneys have been

Published on July 30, 1992, Page 5B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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NO MORE WIRETAPS, GUEVARA'S ATTORNEYS SAY

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping Corrine Erstad asked a Dakota County judge on Thursday to allow them to talk to their client outside jail for fear their conversations are being secretly recorded. Telephone conversations of Robert Guevara in the Dakota County Jail have been taped, and Guevara's attorneys say they want to be sure their conversations with Guevara are private. "We requested that he be placed where he is not being taped during attorney-client

Published on August 7, 1992, Page 2C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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RESULTS OF TESTS IN ERSTAD CASE EMERGE IN COURT

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Scientific tests on a pair of women's panties show hair matching kidnapping suspect Robert Guevara's and bloodstains consistent with the DNA of Corrine Erstad, the missing Inver Grove Heights girl, prosecutors disclosed Monday.The disclosures emerged in a court hearing in Hastings after defense attorneys contended to Dakota County District Judge Edward Lynch that the case against Guevara was very weak because the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl has never been found.

Published on August 11, 1992, Page 1D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S RELATIVES ACCUSE POLICE OF HARASSMENT OVER MISSING GIRL

Source: BYLINE: Ruben Rosario, Staff Writer
Relatives of kidnapping suspect Robert Guevara charged on Thursday that they are the victims of a continuing campaign of intimidation and harassment at the hands of police and prosecutors. Illegal home searches, wiretapping, property confiscation, covert surveillance and other pressure tactics that cost at least one family member his job were among the allegations in a three-page statement released to reporters."We realize that a little girl, whose life is very precious, remains

Published on August 14, 1992, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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BLOOD, HAIR ON BLANKET COULD BELONG TO 5-YEAR-OLD

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Bloodstains and hair believed to have come from Corrine Erstad, the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl missing since June 1, were found on items seized from Robert Guevara's trailer home and his rented storage locker, according to court files released Friday. The files, released by Dakota County District Judge Edward Lynch, form part of the foundation of the probable cause to try Guevara and contain mostly evidence previously disclosed during the pre-trial proceedings. But one

Published on August 15, 1992, Page 8A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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ATTORNEY QUESTIONS TIMING

The attorney for a man charged with kidnapping 5-year-old Corrine Erstad is questioning the timing of sexual assault charges filed against the defendant's brother.Stephen Cooper, attorney for Robert Guevara, said Friday the charges filed Wednesday against Peter Guevara involve an alleged incident nearly a year ago.Peter Guevara, 23, of Eagan, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual assault involving a 25-year-old woman who had known him for years. The attack allegedly

Published on August 16, 1992, Page 9B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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BAIL FOR GUEVARA WON'T BE REDUCED

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
A Dakota County judge has turned down a request by Robert Guevara's attorneys for a reduction in his $500,000 bail while Guevara awaits trial for the alleged kidnapping of Corrine Erstad.District Court Judge Edward Lynch noted that Guevara is charged with an offense that carries a mandatory prison sentence and that there was evidence he was attempting to flee the jurisdiction when he was arrested June 5 in Pine County.One of Guevara's attorneys, Alberto Miera, had urged

Published on August 21, 1992, Page 5B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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The suspect chaneged lawyers. The new lawyer Torres later defended Katie Poirier's murderer and was known to very cleverly defend the worst of the worst.
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SUSPECT IN ERSTAD CASE CHANGES LAWYERS AGAIN

Source: BYLINE: Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Staff Writer
A Minneapolis attorney has been hired to represent Robert Guevara after the kidnap suspect's current counsel, Alberto Miera and Stephen Cooper, withdrew from the case.Anthony Torres, who Miera described as a part-time attorney with the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis, has agreed to represent Guevara.The center, which specializes in defending minorities in criminal cases, apparently is putting two other attorneys to work on the case, Cooper said. Neither Torres nor the

Published on August 27, 1992, Page 2D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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JUDGE ALLOWS GUEVARA TO SWITCH ATTORNEYS

A Dakota County judge on Monday approved Robert Guevara's decision to switch attorneys in his defense against charges that he kidnapped 5-year-old Corrine Erstad of Inver Grove Heights.The decision to replace Alberto Miera and Stephen Cooper with Anthony Torres was announced last week, but Judge Edward Lynch took formal note of it at a hearing Monday. It was the second time Guevara had changed lawyers. Cooper and Miera replaced Guevara's original lawyer, Peter

Published on September 1, 1992, Page 4B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA ATTORNEY ASKS FOR SURVEY ON PUBLICITY

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Dakota County residents should be surveyed to see how much they know about the Corrine Erstad abduction and whether they have already formed an opinion about the guilt or innocence of defendant Robert Guevara, the attorney for Guevara argued in court Monday. Anthony Torres said publicity may make it impossible for Guevara to get a fair trial in Dakota County. He indicated he may seek a change of venue for the trial of Guevara, who was arrested four days after the June 1 disappearance of

Published on September 22, 1992, Page 2D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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ERSTAD ABDUCTION TRIAL RESCHEDULED FOR NOV. 16

The trial of Robert Guevara, accused of abducting 5-year-old Corrine Erstad of Inver Grove Heights, has been rescheduled for Nov. 16 at the request of Guevara's attorney.Dakota County Judge Edward Lynch rejected Guevara's motion to obtain all videotaped interviews and reporters' notes from seven Twin Cities television stations and the two daily newspapers.Lynch asked for more financial affidavits regarding Guevara's request that the county pay for experts to

Published on September 26, 1992, Page 8A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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SEARCH FOR CORRINE ERSTAD SHIFTS TO INVER GROVE HEIGHTS LANDFILL

Source: BYLINE: Wayne Wangstad, Staff Writer
Investigators will begin sifting through a 25- to 30-foot-deep section of trash Wednesday morning when their four-month search for Corrine Erstad shifts to the Pine Bend Landfill in Inver Grove Heights.Stanley Troyer, Inver Grove Heights police chief, said the search, which will cover a surface area of about 200 feet by 200 feet, will begin at 8 a.m. and could continue for 5 to 7 days.Erstad, 5, disappeared from her parents' Inver Grove heights home on June 1. Investigators

Published on October 6, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GIRL'S BODY TO BE SOUGHT AT LANDFILL//INVESTIGATORS SAY DUMPSTER EMPTIED THERE AFTER SLAYING

Source: BYLINE: Wayne Wangstad, Staff Writer
The contents of a trash dumpster that was near a storage locker where Corrine Erstad's blood-stained clothing was found four months ago will be the focus of a search today at Pine Bend Landfill, Inver Grove Heights police said Tuesday.Investigators believe Corrine's body may have been placed in the dumpster at the AAA-1 Self-Storage, 415 Marie Ave. E, West St. Paul, where Robert Guevara rented a locker, Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Stanley Troyer said Tuesday.Guevara,

Published on October 7, 1992, Page 4D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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INVESTIGATORS SIFT THROUGH TONS OF GARBAGE FOR CLUES TO CORRINE ERSTAD DISAPPEARANCE

Source: BYLINE: Tim Nelson, Staff Writer
A crew of investigators and volunteer firefighters spent more than six hours Wednesday sifting through a 30-ton mound of trash in Inver Grove Heights, trying to pick up the trail of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad. What could be the last hope of finding the missing girl's remains, or at least further evidence that she has been murdered, started in a steady rain atop the 250-acre Browning Ferris Industries landfill on the city's southern edge. "What we're doing isn't an

Published on October 8, 1992, Page 1D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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LANDFILL SEARCH IS GOING FASTER THAN EXPECTED

Source: BYLINE: Wayne Wangstad, Staff Writer
Investigators who are searching for the body of Corrine Erstad said Thursday they had moved up to 120 tons of trash in Pine Bend Landfill and found material indicating they were searching in the right area. Capt. Gary McCloud of the Dakota County sheriff's office said police and volunteer firefighters found items with addresses that were within two blocks of a trash dumpster that was situated near a storage locker rented by Robert Guevara.Guevara, 25, is accused of kidnapping

Published on October 9, 1992, Page 3B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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ERSTAD LANDFILL SEARCH PROVES FRUITLESS

Source: BYLINE: Wayne Wangstad, Staff Writer
A seven-day search through 650 tons of trash at Pine Bend Landfill for Corrine Erstad's body and evidence of her June 1 abduction ended at 3 p.m. Tuesday without finding any pertinent information.Capt. Gary McCloud of the Dakota County sheriff said that based on several items found by volunteers in the search area, investigators were confident they had located the contents of a dumpster that was at a West St. Paul self-storage business where Robert Guevara rented a

Published on October 14, 1992, Page 3D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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TIME HAS PASSED, BUT PAIN, MYSTERY HAVE NOT//6 MISSING CHILDREN CASES STILL PUZZLE PARENTS, POLICE ( 1349 words )

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
They are six of Minnesota's most troubling mysteries: Kevin Jay Ayotte. Aaron Mitchell Anderson. Amy Sue Pagnac. Annette Marie Sanderson. Corrine Leanne Erstad. Jacob Erwin Wetterling.Even though some of the names and faces are more familiar than others, the six missing children share one distinction: They are believed to have been kidnapped by a non-family member.Of the 6,609 active cases tracked by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, only 5 percent

Published on October 23, 1992, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GRAND JURY INDICTS GUEVARA IN CORRINE ERSTAD DISAPPEARANCE

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
More than 4 1/2 months after Corrine Erstad disappeared from her Inver Grove Heights home, a multicounty grand jury on Friday charged Robert Guevara with first-degree murder, although numerous searches have failed to locate the body of the 5-year-old girl.The grand jury charged Guevara, 25, with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, kidnapping, first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct and with depriving another of custodial or parental

Published on October 24, 1992, Page 1D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MURDER TRIAL WITHOUT BODY NOT NEW//IN EARLIER MINNESOTA CASE CHARGE COULDN'T BE PROVED

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
If no body is found, prosecutors have a harder time proving a murder case, right? The answer is: not necessarily. Even if the victim's body is never found, defendants can be - and have been - successfully prosecuted for murder in the nation. In Minnesota, one such prosecution ended four years ago in an acquittal. If Robert Guevara is convicted of murder in Corrine Erstad's disappearance, his case could be a first - but only in the state, legal experts said Monday.Dakota

Published on October 27, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA DEFENSE SEEKS RECORDS ON ERSTAD FAMILY

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Corrine Erstad's parents are the likely suspects in the disappearance of the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl, the attorney for Robert Guevara suggested Monday during a hearing in Dakota County District Court. Anthony Torres filed a motion seeking any Dakota County social service records pertaining to Corrine and her family. Torres told Judge Edward Lynch he believes there is a "correlation'' between Corrine's relationship within her family and her

Published on October 27, 1992, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA TRIAL VENUE CHANGE DENIED//ATTORNEY SAYS CLIENT WON'T GET UNBIASED DAKOTA COUNTY JURY

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
A Dakota County judge on Tuesday rejected a defense motion to move Robert Guevara's trial on charges of murdering Corrine Erstad to either Ramsey or Hennepin County.Guevara's attorney, Anthony Torres, contended his client could not get a fair trial in Dakota County because of extensive news coverage by newspapers and television stations in the Twin Cities. Ramsey or Hennepin County would be a better trial site because those counties have their own high-profile crimes to

Published on October 28, 1992, Page 2C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S TRIAL IN GIRL'S SLAYING SET FOR FEB. 1

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
The trial of Robert Guevara, accused of kidnapping and murdering 5-year-old Corrine Erstad of Inver Grove Heights, was set for Feb. 1 at a court hearing on Monday.Dakota County District Judge Edward Lynch also agreed to allow Guevara's lawyer access to the Dakota County social service records on Corrine. Lynch stayed that order one day to allow the prosecution time to review the records and make any objections.Anthony Torres, the attorney for Guevara, had asked for the records

Published on November 3, 1992, Page 7A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S LAWYER CLAIMS CORRINE'S DISAPPEARANCE LINKED TO EARLIER ABUSE

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara's defense attorney charged Thursday that Corrine Erstad's disappearance is "directly related'' to prior abuse of the little girl in her home. Attorney Anthony Torres obtained documents that he said will support his claim that Guevara was wrongly charged in the June 1 abduction of the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl."We have very, very strong reason to believe her disappearance is directly related to her prior abuse in the home setting and that

Published on November 6, 1992, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S ATTORNEY SAYS EVIDENCE SEIZED ILLEGALLY, NOT ADMISSIBLE IN MURDER CASE

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
The attorney for Robert Guevara argued in court on Monday that evidence seized from Guevara's home and storage locker should not be admitted at his trial on charges of kidnapping and murdering 5-year-old Corrine Erstad of Inver Grove Heights.Anthony Torres said searches conducted at Guevara's mobile home in Oakdale and at a West St. Paul storage locker were illegal because police did not have probable cause to believe Guevara was involved in the abduction of Corrine.In the

Published on December 8, 1992, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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ERSTAD REPORTEDLY SAID GUEVARA TOUCHED HER

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
The day 5-year-old Corrine Erstad disappeared from her Inver Grove Heights home, she told her mother that Robert Guevara had made sexual contact with her, according to testimony Tuesday at an evidentiary hearing in Dakota County District Court. The allegation, not previously made public, came in testimony by FBI Special Agent Nina Burnett, who said she spoke with Erstad's mother, Mona Williams, shortly after the girl's bloodstained sun dress was found in Guevara's

Published on December 9, 1992, Page 9D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DOGS TRACKED MISSING GIRL'S SCENT TO LAKE NEAR GUEVARA'S HOME, INVESTIGATOR SAYS

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Bloodhounds tracked the scent of both Corrine Erstad and Robert Guevara to a lake near Guevara's trailer home in Oakdale days after the 5-year-old girl disappeared from her Inver Grove Heights home, an investigator testified Thursday.Thomas Mahoney, an Inver Grove Heights Police investigator, said one bloodhound followed Guevara's scent onto a point on the lake and walked into the water at two spots.The following day, a different bloodhound followed Corrine's scent

Published on December 11, 1992, Page 4C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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JUDGE RULES ERSTAD CASE EVIDENCE IS ADMISSIBLE

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
Evidence seized at Robert Guevara's mobile home and at his storage locker can be admitted at his trial on charges of kidnapping, raping and murdering 5-year-old Corrine Erstad of Inver Grove Heights, a Dakota County judge ruled Thursday.Judge Edward Lynch also ruled that statements Guevara made during wiretapped phone conversations at the Dakota County Jail are admissible. But the judge threw out the results of a police lineup and a conversation Guevara had with a correctional

Published on January 8, 1993, Page 2C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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BLOOD STAIN AS 'GENETIC FINGERPRINT' MAIN ISSUE AT MURDER TRIAL HEARING

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
A critical evidentiary hearing began Monday in Dakota County Court that will determine how much a jury can be told about the blood stain on a small sun dress the prosecution alleges was left by Corrine Erstad during her abduction by Robert Guevara. At issue is whether Judge Edward Lynch will allow the state to present statistics showing the reliability of matching DNA, the "genetic fingerprint,'' during its first-degree murder case against Guevara.Guevara, dressed in a

Published on January 12, 1993, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA CONTRADICTORY, RECORDS SHOW ( 1023 words )

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
Three days after Robert Guevara allegedly raped and killed Corrine Erstad, a crime he denies committing, he gave a lengthy version of his activities on June 1 - the day the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl disappeared.In several ways, Guevara's chronology to police - part of a lengthy court file released on Monday - is jumbled or contradicted by himself and other witnesses.For example, explaining the day of Corrine's disappearance, Guevara:Tells investigators

Published on January 12, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DNA OF BLOOD FROM SUSPECT'S HOME MAY MATCH CORRINE'S, ANALYST SAYS

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
A single stain found on a shower curtain from Robert Guevara's mobile home contained semen with DNA matching Guevara's and blood most likely from Corrine Erstad, a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension analyst testified Tuesday.The testimony came on the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Dakota County District Court that will determine the admissibility of various scientific evidence at Guevara's trial on charges of kidnapping, raping and murdering the 5-year-old Inver

Published on January 13, 1993, Page 6C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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POLICE SEEKING REPAYMENT IN SEARCH FOR GIRL

Source: BYLINE: Associated Press
Bills have been introduced in the Legislature seeking reimbursement for $158,068 spent by police departments in nine cities and three counties to investigate the disappearance of Corrine Erstad.The 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl disappeared June 1 from her home and is presumed dead. The investigation into her disappearance resulted in the indictment of Robert Guevara, 25, by a Dakota County grand jury on charges of murder, rape and kidnapping. His trial is to begin Feb. 1.

Published on January 24, 1993, Page 4B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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NEW EVIDENCE IS CLAIMED IN MURDER CASE

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
A small piece of white, cloth-like material was found recently in a van linked to the disappearance of Corrine Erstad, providing prosecutors with a potentially significant new piece of evidence.But the defense attorney for Robert Guevara, the alleged abductor of the 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl, calls the discovery and its timing highly suspicious - allegations denied by the prosecutors.The material was found in a Jan. 14 search of the van. Guevara is scheduled to go to trial

Published on January 26, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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COURT REQUIRES ERSTAD BROTHERS TESTIFY IN COURT// TAPED TESTIMONY EYED

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The Dakota County judge who will preside over the murder trial of Robert Guevara ruled Friday that the two brothers of the alleged victim, Corrine Erstad, will have to testify in open court.Judge Edward Lynch rejected the state's motion asking that testimony from the missing girl's brothers be videotaped without Guevara or the jury present because the experience could traumatize the boys.Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom had argued at a Thursday hearing in Hastings

Published on January 30, 1993, Page 7A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA TRIAL TO BE A CONTEST OF CALM VS. COOL//ANTHONY TORRES USES 'STREET SMARTS' HE LEARNED HARD WAY ( 2035 words )

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
The clients aren't rich or famous, but Anthony Torres' string of jury acquittals - often for indigent defendants - is beginning to impress. He boasts a 9-2 record in the last two years, and readily furnishes computer printouts to back his claim.Now Torres has taken on the biggest case of his young career. It is the most visible and volatile case in Minnesota, and one that could catapult Torres to the kind of status he thinks he deserves - right up there with the Ron

Published on January 31, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA TRIAL TO BE A CONTEST OF CALM VS. COOL//LOW-KEY PROSECUTOR BACKSTROM A MAGNET FOR SENSATIONAL CASES ( 1790 words )

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
They could be sisters. Two little girls with bright eyes and dark hair. Two photographs sitting on a table behind Jim Backstrom's desk.The girl on the left he kisses goodnight. His daughter, Annalise.The girl on the right he's never met. She burst into his life one warm night last June when her mother reported her missing. Now it is Backstrom's sad job to prove something he wishes weren't true - that Corrine Erstad is dead. For the cool, professional,

Published on January 31, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA JURY SEARCH UNDER WAY

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Prospective jurors were handed a 10-page questionnaire Monday in Dakota County Court as jury selection began for a rare murder trial in which authorities have not found the alleged victim - a 5-year-old girl missing since June 1. The lengthy list of questions reflects the massive publicity generated by the missing girl and Robert Guevara's arrest. Judge Edward Lynch acknowledged to the 100-member jury pool there has been heavy news coverage of the case. Randomly selected members

Published on February 2, 1993, Page 4B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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2 MORE JURORS CHOSEN FOR GUEVARA MURDER TRIAL

Jury selection for the trial of Robert Guevara continued Wednesday in Dakota District Court with two more jurors seated. The two women chosen join the man and woman selected Tuesday as part of a panel of 12 jurors and two alternates. Jury selection had been estimated to take up to three weeks, but at the present rate, the 14th member could be seated as early as Wednesday. Jurors will consider kidnapping, murder and sexual assault charges against Guevara in connection with the June 1

Published on February 4, 1993, Page 5C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DNA RULING COULD DELAY GUEVARA TRIAL//JUDGE AGAIN BANS MATCH TESTIMONY

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The possibility of a lengthy delay in the trial of Robert Guevara surfaced again on Thursday after the presiding judge denied for a second time a prosecution request to allow testimony about DNA matches.Judge Edward Lynch's refusal to reconsider an earlier decision could prompt Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom to file an appeal. Backstrom has five days to file the appeal and had not made a decision Thursday night. The trial, which began this week with the selection of

Published on February 5, 1993, Page 3C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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NO APPEAL PLANNED ON DNA RULING

Source: BYLINE: Associated Press
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Friday he won't appeal a judge's ruling disallowing evidence on the accuracy of DNA testing in the kidnapping and murder trial of Robert Guevara.Backstrom said he was "hopeful that the trial will proceed as scheduled.'' Jury selection is continuing.Guevara is charged in the disappearance of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad, who was last seen by family members at her Inver Grove Heights home on June 1. Her body has not been

Published on February 6, 1993, Page 2C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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TRIAL MAY NOT LIFT SHROUD FROM GIRL'S DISAPPEARANCE

Source: BYLINE: Katherine Lanpher, Staff Columnist
By midmorning Friday the fog still hadn't burned off and if you turned off Minnesota 55 to the cluster of government buildings in Hastings, only the squat outlines of the modern courthouse could be seen across the field. They're picking the jurors for Robert Guevara's trial in Dakota County, an antiseptic process compared to the hunt and the headlines that accompanied his arrest. Guevara is accused in the murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl, Corrine

Published on February 7, 1993, Page 3B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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SELECTION OF JURORS OFFERS PREVIEW OF GUEVARA TRIAL

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The young woman in the roomy Dakota County courtroom was clearly ill at ease in the witness chair, and her discomfort became more pronounced as minutes passed. She was being questioned about serving as a juror in the Robert Guevara trial, and her nervousness showed when she revealed that both she and a sister had been raped when they were younger.She said that it would be "difficult'' to sit on a jury hearing allegations of sex abuse but that she could set aside her

Published on February 11, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MINNESOTA'S 2 BEST-KNOWN MISSING KIDS SHARE BIRTHDAY

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
In an extraordinary coincidence, today marks the birthdays of Minnesota's two best-known missing children, Jacob Wetterling and Corrine Erstad. Corrine, of Inver Grove Heights, is presumed dead, but her body has never been found. She would be 6 today. Opening arguments in the Dakota County trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her, one-time family friend Robert Guevara, are scheduled to begin Monday in Hastings.Jacob, of St. Joseph, Minn., has been missing since Oct.

Published on February 17, 1993, Page 3B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S JURY IMPANELED

Jury selection in the Corrine Erstad case ended Wednesday when the last of three alternate jurors was chosen.Eight women and seven men make up the twelve sitting jurors and the trio of alternates selected to decide the fate of Robert Guevara.Guevara, 25, is facing trial on murder, kidnapping and sexual assault charges in connection with the June 1 disappearance of the missing Inver Grove Heights girl.The trial is scheduled to start with opening statements Monday in Dakota County

Published on February 18, 1993, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA TRIAL BEGINS TODAY, BUT MYSTERY MAY REMAIN//MOTHER OF MISSING CORRINE ERSTAD EXPECTED TO BE ACCUSED OF NEGLECT

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
No matter what verdict is reached in the kidnapping and murder trial of Robert Guevara, the fate of young Corrine Erstad, missing since last June 1, will likely remain a mystery.But the trial, which begins today in Dakota County with opening statements and testimony from the first of as many as 100 witnesses, promises dramatic courtroom theatrics replete with finger-pointing. It will provide a window into the world of suburban poverty and drug use that marred Corrine's 5 years of

Published on February 22, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DEFENSE FOCUSES ON MISSING GIRL'S MOTHER IN GUEVARA MURDER TRIAL

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Defense attorney J. Anthony Torres suggested to the jury in the Robert Guevara murder trial Monday afternoon that Mona Williams could be the villain in the disappearance of her daughter, Corrine Erstad. Torres used his opening statement on the first day of the trial in Dakota County District Court in Hastings to paint Williams as a woman who frequently was sexually active with Guevara, and who was at the heart of a conspiracy that caused 5-year-old Corrine to vanish last June

Published on February 23, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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CORRINE'S MOM RELIVES DISAPPEARANCE//MONA WILLIAMS SAYS CHILD SAID GUEVARA MOLESTED HER

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Corrine Erstad's mother spent her first full day on the witness stand on Tuesday reliving the day her 5-year-old daughter disappeared from their Inver Grove Heights home last spring. Dressed in a two-piece pink suit, Williams was calm and precise in her responses to questions from trial prosecutor James Backstrom.But she struggled to retain her composure when she was asked to identify the dress her daughter was wearing when she walked out the front door June 1. Backstrom held

Published on February 24, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MOM DEFIANT, TEARFUL ON STAND//GUEVARA ATTORNEY TRIES TO PORTRAY WITNESS AS LYING, SCHEMING MOTHER

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara's attorney wasted no time on pleasantries Wednesday as he tried to paint the mother of Corrine Erstad as a lying, scheming, uncaring mother. During three contentious hours of cross-examination, Anthony Torres challenged the key accusations Mona Williams made against his client, including a claim that her missing 5-year-old daughter had told her that Guevara had sexually abused her. Williams also denied knowing Marcus Bugher, 20, who the defense claims is one of

Published on February 25, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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TESTIMONY CONTRADICTS CORRINE'S MOM//MOTHER-IN-LAW'S TIME DISCREPANCY HURTS MONA WILLIAMS' CREDIBILITY, DEFENSE SAYS

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
A mysterious 70-minute gap surfaced Thursday in Dakota County Court between the time Mona Williams said she called 911 about her missing daughter and the time frame presented by her mother-in-law. Mary Williams testified that she remembered receiving a phone call June 1 from Corrine Erstad's mother just after 8 p.m., shortly after a TV show she frequently watches began airing."Sherlock Holmes is my favorite show and I was a little upset that someone was calling just after the

Published on February 26, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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TESTIMONY OF YOUNG ERSTAD BROTHERS WILL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC, JUDGE RULES

Source: BYLINE: Theresa Monsour, Staff Writer
The public will not be barred from the trial of Robert Guevara when Corrine Erstad's brothers are called to testify. The two boys, ages 7 and 8, are expected to take the witness stand next week after a request to bar the public and the media was denied Friday by Dakota County District Court Judge Edward Lynch. In a hearing Friday before Lynch, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom argued that the two brothers would be traumatized if forced to answer questions in front of a

Published on February 27, 1993, Page 2E, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MARRED PHOTO IN NEWSPAPER QUESTIONED IN GUEVARA TRIAL

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
One of the areas of focus Monday in the Robert Guevara trial was a newspaper found in Corrine Erstad's home the day after she vanished that contained a picture of her someone had crossed out with a marker. J. Anthony Torres, Guevara's attorney, asked the first investigating officer on the scene why authorities hadn't investigated something the patrolman admitted was "odd,'' insinuating some kind of sinister, covert motive.Mona Williams, Corrine's

Published on March 2, 1993, Page 8A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA BROTHER'S CLAIM RECOUNTED

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara knew about Corrine Erstad's disappearance almost an hour before he claims police came to his trailer home and told him, according to a statement Guevara's brother allegedly gave to a Burnsville detective. The detective, officer David Boudreau, testified Tuesday in Dakota County Court that Guevara's brother, Jessie, told the officer June 3 he learned about Corrine's disappearance the night of June 1 when he got to Robert Guevara's Oakdale trailer

Published on March 3, 1993, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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PROSECUTION WITNESSES REBUT GUEVARA'S POLICE STATEMENT

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The prosecution in the Robert Guevara trial moved with a purpose Wednesday by playing a tape of a two-hour pre-arrest interview with Guevara and then calling witnesses to shoot holes in his story about events on the day Corrine Erstad disappeared. The jury heard a meandering interchange between investigators and Guevara two days after Corrine vanished about what he had been doing throughout the day and night he had his father's minivan out for cleaning and repairs. Guevara, a

Published on March 4, 1993, Page 4C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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BROTHER SAYS GUEVARA UNAWARE GIRL MISSING

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara's brother took the witness stand Thursday to deny an investigator's claim Guevara knew about Corrine Erstad's disappearance almost an hour before police came to his Oakdale trailer home to tell him about it.Jesse Guevara, who traveled from Columbia, S.C., to testify in Dakota County Court, rocked slowly back and forth in his chair and managed a quick smile for his brother.Robert Guevara, a friend of Corrine's family, is on trial in Judge Edward

Published on March 5, 1993, Page 4C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GROUP FORMED TO AID FAMILIES OF MISSING KIDS

Source: BYLINE: Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Staff Writer
The Hater hates child kidnappers. The pro wrestler with the strange moniker, his biceps and neck veins bulging, strode to a microphone at the Mall of America on Saturday and promised to make mince-meat of any such abductor he meets. He was among other colorful practitioners of his profession who also vowed to dig into their pockets for a newly formed missing children advocacy group. Minnesota C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness, Response, Education and Services) was officially

Published on March 7, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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CONFUSING GUEVARA TRIAL TESTIMONY MAY BE STRATEGY

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
There were times last week when several jurors in the large Dakota County courtroom seemed a little glassy-eyed from the complexities of the Robert Guevara trial. And they could be excused for being a bit bewildered. The testimony was a blur of contradictions from a parade of prosecution witnesses some observers thought could have been on the defense witness list.But what may seem to be a confusing course by the prosecution might actually be a solid trial stratagem - to defuse an

Published on March 8, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S GIRLFRIEND TESTIFIES//SHE RECALLS JUNE DAY CORRINE DISAPPEARED

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
She was Robert Guevara's lover for almost two years and she bore his daughter last fall, but Christine Holzmer began key testimony Monday against the man accused of abducting and killing Corrine Erstad. A tall, thin, sandy-haired woman, Holzmer nervously stumbled through her first day on the stand Monday, but managed to buttress several prosecution points about what happened the June 1 night when Corrine, 5, disappeared.She recalled that when Guevara left their Oakdale trailer

Published on March 9, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA'S EX-GIRLFRIEND SAYS EVIDENCE WAS MOVED

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
A shower curtain the prosecution says contained Robert Guevara's semen intermingled with Corrine Erstad's blood was moved from Guevara's mobile home bedroom to his storage locker after Corrine disappeared, Guevara's former girlfriend testified Tuesday.Christine Holzmer identified a purple plastic curtain she said had been stored in a bag next to the bed on which the state alleges Guevara raped and murdered 5-year-old Corrine the night of June 1.She and Guevara

Published on March 10, 1993, Page 1D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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POLICE, OTHER AGENCIES SEEK STATE AID FOR ERSTAD COSTS

Source: BYLINE: Bill Gardner, Staff Writer
The city of Inver Grove Heights is asking the state Legislature for about $158,000 to pay overtime and other extraordinary expenses run up by the city's police department and 12 other area law enforcement agencies during the Corrine Erstad investigation. The Inver Grove Heights Police Department spent an extra $61,820 to investigate the abduction of Corrine."Your budget just will not accept that amount,'' said Police Chief Stanley Troyer.Other agencies reporting

Published on March 10, 1993, Page 1DW, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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HOLZMER SAYS ON STAND SHE LOVES GUEVARA

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
She had been a key witness for the state against Robert Guevara for about two days, but Christine Holzmer concluded her testimony Wednesday by saying she still loves the man accused of raping and murdering Corrine Erstad last June 1. Her declaration of affection for the defendant in Dakota County Court came after a lengthy cross-examination by Guevara's attorney, J. Anthony Torres, who was unusually docile examining a prosecution witness. Under Torres' guidance, she had

Published on March 11, 1993, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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JAIL MATES SAY GUEVARA BRAGGED OF FUTILE SEARCH

Source: BYLINE: JIM GEORGE, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara bragged to fellow jail mates last fall that police might believe he killed Corrine Erstad but they would never be able to prove it, even if they searched all of Minnesota for her body, two men testified Thursday at Guevara's trial. Both David Kunz and Craig Anderson said they were in Dakota County Jail with Guevara, 25, in the summer and fall of 1992, and recounted his comments while watching television accounts of searches for the body of the 5-year-old Inver Grove

Published on March 12, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA DEFENSE QUESTIONS BLOODY TOWEL'S BELATED DISCOVERY

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
A paper towel "soaked'' with blood alleged to be Corrine Erstad's and found in Robert Guevara's bedroom closet came under defense scrutiny Friday because Guevara's girlfriend found it almost a week after police had visited Guevara's trailer home several times. Christine Holzmer had testified earlier in the week that she had been moving some personal belongings June 10 from the Oakdale trailer under the supervision of authorities when she spotted the towel

Published on March 13, 1993, Page 7A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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JURY HEARS GUEVARA'S SUICIDE NOTE

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
In a rambling, disjointed suicide note written after police questioned him about Corrine Erstad's disappearance, Robert Guevara told his girlfriend he had taken a sleeping pill overdose because "...I hate bloody messes. ''Guevara's note was introduced into evidence Monday in his Dakota County trial on charges alleging he kidnapped 5-year-old Corrine, raped her and murdered her last June 1. Guevara wrote his note in a Kmart store parking lot the night of June 3

Published on March 16, 1993, Page 4D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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BLOOD, HAIR SAMPLES TO BE KEY EVIDENCE IN GUEVARA TRIAL

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The prosecution in the Robert Guevara trial has moved to the muscle of its case - the scientific evidence it claims links the defendant to Corrine Erstad's June 1 disappearance. After more than two weeks of sometimes contradictory eyewitness testimony, the state now is reaching into its arsenal of hard evidence - the forensic firepower that is key to its case. Because no body has been recovered in the case and the prosecution has no witnesses that saw Guevara abduct the

Published on March 17, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DNA EXPERT LINKS BLOOD TO LOCKER ITEMS

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
A prosecution witness made the expected link Wednesday between Corrine Erstad's blood and several items found in Robert Guevara's home and storage locker.James Daugherty, a scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, told a Dakota County jury how matching DNA profiles had led him to conclude that certain stains he found were the blood of the missing 5-year-old girl.Daugherty first explained how he obtained the profiles of DNA - the individual genetic

Published on March 18, 1993, Page 5C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA FINGERPRINTS SAID TO MATCH THE ONES FOUND ON 2 PLASTIC BAGS

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara's fingerprints matched those on two plastic bags that were found in Guevara's storage locker and that held items stained with blood consistent with Corrine Erstad's, a fingerprint expert testified Thursday.Dennis Hughes, a fingerprint examiner for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, told a Dakota County jury that a fingerprint found on a black plastic bag and four found on a pink plastic bag inside the other all matched prints taken from the

Published on March 19, 1993, Page 16B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA PROSECUTION CLOSING ITS CASE WITH WIRETAP TAPES AND DNA EXPERT

Source: BYLINE: JIM GEORGE, Staff Writer
The prosecution in the Robert Guevara trial neared the end of its case with its last DNA expert and wiretap tapes of the defendant talking to his girlfriend and aunt following the June 1 disappearance of Corrine Erstad.Much of Friday was spent by attorneys arguing about whether the press should be present at a hearing on Guevara's motion to allow social service files to be entered into evidence. Dakota County Judge Edward Lynch ruled in favor of County Attorney James

Published on March 20, 1993, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA JURY MUST WEIGH DNA EVIDENCE//PROSECUTION EXPECTED TO REST ITS CASE TODAY

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The Dakota County jury in the Robert Guevara trial spent most of last week immersed in the arcane science of deoxyribonucleic acid - DNA - the state's pre-eminent evidence for a link between Guevara and Corrine Erstad. A specialist from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension briefly lectured jurors on the basics of identifying bodily fluids by what has become known as the "genetic fingerprint. ''There was little drama in the testimony of James Daugherty, BCA analyst, but

Published on March 22, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA DENIES ANY ROLE IN GIRL'S DISAPPEARANCE

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara launched his defense in dramatic fashion Monday with tearful testimony denying any connection with the June 1 disappearance of Corrine Erstad.Guevara is charged with abducting, raping and killing 5-year-old Corrine. He is on trial in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.Speaking in a low, breathy voice, the 25-year-old defendant answered early questions from his attorney, J. Anthony Torres, with "No, sir'' and "Yes, sir.''Torres fired a

Published on March 23, 1993, Page 7A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA STILL SAYS OTHERS HARMED CORRINE ERSTAD

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara stuck to his story Tuesday of a conspiracy spawned by others in the disappearance of Corrine Erstad , while prosecutor Philip Prokopowicz used five hours of cross-examination to pull strands from the fabric of a highly elaborate alibi. In the process, the assistant Dakota County attorney also laid out what the state believes was the sequence of events following the June 1 abduction of 5-year-old Corrine. For much of the morning, getting answers from Guevara often was a

Published on March 24, 1993, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA DEFENSE CALLS DOZEN WITNESSES, SNIPES AT PROSECUTION'S CASE

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The defense in the Robert Guevara trial began sniping at the prosecution's case, sending a dozen witnesses to the stand Wednesday to point out inconsistencies and restate many key elements claimed by the state.One of the witnesses was a South St. Paul service station cashier who recalled seeing at her station a van similar to the one Guevara drove June 1, the day 5-year-old Corrine Erstad disappeared from her Inver Grove Heights home.Brenda Hocking, a cashier at E-Z Stop,

Published on March 25, 1993, Page 2C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA IDENTIFIES 3 OF 4 'STRANGE' MEN

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Robert Guevara returned to the witness stand Thursday to point a finger of suspicion at two earlier witnesses he said were in the group of four "strange men'' that had come to Corrine Erstad's home about the time she was said to have disappeared June 1. Guevara was recalled after brief, clearly hostile testimony by John Myers and Anthony Parlin, men Guevara said were at Corrine's Inver Grove Heights home when the 5-year-old girl vanished.The defendant said he

Published on March 26, 1993, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA JURY HEARS TAPE OF CHILD'S VOICE CALLER CLAIMS TO BE GIRL MISSING SINCE JUNE 1

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The voice coming from the tape player sounded small in the huge Dakota County courtroom, but the child's words had a riveting effect: "This is Corrine Erstad ... tell mommy I'm OK. ''The jury in Robert Guevara's trial was allowed over prosecution objection to listen Friday to a tape that a St. Paul woman's answering machine recorded June 16 - long after 5-year-old Corrine had disappeared from her Inver Grove Heights and was thought dead.Guevara, 25, is

Published on March 27, 1993, Page 8A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA TRIAL: 'A BOOK WE CAN'T PUT DOWN' TRIAL WATCHERS INCLUDE HOMEMAKERS, RETIREES, MANY WHO ARE CURIOUS

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
Esther Hanson has been hooked on high-profile murder trials for 30 years.She was in the courtroom in 1963, when St. Paul lawyer T. Eugene Thompson was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his wife. In 1987, she watched as a jury convicted Lois Jurgens of killing her adopted son 22 years earlier.And every day for the last month, Hanson has been one of the dozens of railbirds lined up - often as early as 7:30 a.m. - for a ringside seat in the murder trial of Robert Guevara, accused

Published on March 28, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN
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The Corrine Erstad case is one of Minnesota's biggest traveties of justice. The suspect is acquitted on all counts.
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JURORS MUST SORT OUT GUEVARA ALLEGATIONS

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
The murder trial of Robert Guevara is expected to go to a jury today, ending a merciless run of ugly, contradictory allegations over the fate of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad of Inver Grove Heights.In the pursuit of justice, reputations have been enhanced and tattered in the Dakota County courtroom of Judge Edward Lynch. More than $500,000 has been spent on an investigation. "Spin doctors'' have been concerned not only with the jury, but with the public's perception of

Published on March 30, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA TRIAL HAS OUR RAPT ATTENTION

Source: BYLINE: Katherine Lanpher, Staff Columnist
They got what they came for, the spectators who crowded the benches Monday at the Robert Guevara trial in Hastings. Early in the morning, the line of people who wanted inside Courtroom 2E snaked over the tiled floor of the Dakota County Justice Center, the crowd held in check by a plush burgundy rope, the kind you usually see at movie theaters.Guevara is accused of kidnapping, raping and then killing 5-year-old Corrine Erstad, and the story has held audiences in sway as much as any

Published on March 30, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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CHILD'S VOICE ON TAPE NOT CORRINE ERSTAD'S, HER MOTHER TESTIFIES

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Corrine Erstad's mother and others who knew the missing 5-year-old girl testified Monday that a child's voice heard on a telephone-answering machine tape definitely was not Corrine's. Mona Williams, taking the stand for a second time in a trial that entered its sixth week, emphatically stated it was not her daughter's voice left June 16 on a St. Paul woman's answering machine saying, "This is Corrine Erstad ... tell mommy I'm OK.''As

Published on March 30, 1993, Page 5A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA PROSECUTOR'S CLOSING TAKES 5 HOURS

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
In a marathon closing statement Tuesday, the Dakota County attorney portrayed Robert Guevara as a brutish fiend who raped, murdered and killed Corrine Erstad on June 1. Guevara's attorney, J. Anthony Torres, will have his chance today, but on Tuesday, County Attorney James Backstrom took 5 hours and 20 minutes for a summation that included a graphic scenario detailing how the prosecution believes 5-year-old Corrine died. Backstrom laid out for the jury a grim theory about what

Published on March 31, 1993, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA TRIAL JURY BEGINS DELIBERATIONS//DEFENSE STRESSES ABSENCE OF BODY, CALLS PROSECUTION'S CASE `SPECULATION'

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
Jurors in the Robert Guevara trial began deliberations Wednesday afternoon after defense attorney J. Anthony Torres suggested to them that the body of Corrine Erstad has not been found because she may not be dead. In a two-hour summation before the start of deliberations, Torres said his 25-year-old client should be acquitted of kidnap, rape and murder charges because the state had not proved anything beyond a reasonable doubt. Torres cautioned jurors not to mistake speculation for

Published on April 1, 1993, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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JURORS STILL DELIBERATING OUTCOME OF GUEVARA CASE

Source: BYLINE: Associated Press
A Dakota County District Court jury deliberated for a second day Thursday in Hastings, deciding whether Robert Guevara is guilty in the disappearance of 5-year-old Corrine Erstad. Guevara, 25, of Oakdale, is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder in the June 1 disappearance of the Inver Grove Heights girl, who has not been found. If convicted of any of three first-degree murder charges, Guevara faces life in prison with no possibility of parole for 30 years. The jury deliberated

Published on April 2, 1993, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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DRAWN-OUT JURY DELIBERATIONS STRAIN NERVES IN ERSTAD CASE

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
For Corrine Erstad's father, the past four days of jury deliberations have been the "worst waiting game'' since his 5-year-old daughter was reported missing June 1. "I've been sick with stress. My nerves are shot. I can't concentrate on anything. I felt limited influence then and I feel no influence now,'' Jim Erstad said Saturday. Robert Guevara, 25, who underwent trial on kidnapping, rape and murder charges in connection with the girl's

Published on April 4, 1993, Page 4B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA JURORS ASK ABOUT BLACK BAG IN STORAGE BIN//THEY WANT TO KNOW ITS EXACT LOCATION

Source: BYLINE: Jim George, Staff Writer
The jury deliberating the fate of Robert Guevara broke its silence Saturday morning by asking the trial judge questions about a black bag in which Corrine Erstad's sun dress and other blood-stained evidence were found.But the question apparently wasn't enough to help them reach a verdict. They retired for the night about 10 p.m. Saturday and will enter a fifth day of deliberations this morning. Although the prosecution had hammered relentlessly about the bag being found

Published on April 4, 1993, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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GUEVARA FREE ON ALL COUNTS//TWO FAMILIES' EMOTIONS HIT OPPOSITE ENDS OF SPECTRUM

Source: BYLINE: Brian Bonner, Staff Writer
Before the verdict was rendered, Mona Williams said the worst thing that could happen to her life - besides losing her daughter June 1 - is for Robert Guevara to get "out of jail. ''The worst happened to the mother of Corrine Erstad in a Dakota County courtroom Monday night. The best thing happened to Robert Guevara and his family. Rarely does the fate of two families collide so violently, so emotionally, in a single, packed room. Williams wept and her body crumpled

Published on April 6, 1993, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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