NCIS is asking for the public help in solving two cold cases: a sailor murdered on his way to report to duty and a Marine stabbed once through the heart near a Pennsylvania highway. ()
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Two 20-year-old service members. Two families still looking for answers.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents are seeking to solve the 1975 killing of a sailor shot three times, and the 1968 death of a Marine stabbed through the heart.
On July 24, 1975, Boiler Technician Fireman Daniel Erickson left his home in North St. Paul, Minn., to report for duty aboard the amphibious cargo ship Durham in San Diego, according to an NCIS release, but he never showed up at his final destination.
One theory is that Erickson picked up a hitchhiker who killed him and stole his car.
On July 25, Erickson's 1970 Camaro was involved in a crash in Birmingham, Ala. But his body wasn't found until Nov. 11 in a barn in Carrollton, Mo., shot twice in the chest and once in the head.
Because the case spans so many states and communication was limited in 1975, it might have been difficult for authorities to share information, according to NCIS Special Agent Kaylyn Dueker.
"In 1975, it was much harder to get the word out," she said. "Alabama was dealing with the car incident, but didn't realize a homicide had happened. The family heard he was missing and listed him as a missing person. And it was a deserter case until the body was found."
Marine stabbed to death
The NCIS Cold Case Unit is also helping Pennsylvania State Police gather information on the death of Cpl. Robert Corriveau, who was killed 44 years ago but was only identified in May.
A Pennsylvania state trooper was on patrol Nov. 18, 1968, when he saw a man sitting up on the side of the highway. That man was dead, stabbed once through the heart.
Since the man didn't have identification on him, he remained unidentified for more than 40 years until his body was exhumed for DNA testing in 2009.
Because of Corriveau's physical description at the time of his death — especially his two tattoos, one of which was a bulldog wearing a helmet with "USMC" below — police reached out to the NCIS Cold Case Unit and the Marine Corps Absentee Collection Unit.
On May 31, the victim was positively identified as Corriveau.
Corriveau enlisted in March 1965, and was wounded in action three times while serving in Vietnam. He was receiving psychiatric treatment at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital for a combat-related condition at the time of his death.
If you served with Corriveau, were at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital in October and November of 1968, or have any information about the murder, call the Pennsylvania State Police at 610-268-5158 or email RA-1968MarineDeath@pa.gov">RA-1968MarineDeath@pa.gov.