Rachel Nguyen and her boyfriend Joseph Orbes went missing while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park in California in July 2017
Two bodies discovered in Joshua Tree National Park are thought to be a pair of southern California hikers missing since July.
The discovery of two embracing bodies in Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday may finally give some answers to the families of a pair hikers who have been missing for nearly three months.
Hikers discovered the bodies in a remote region of the California park on Sunday, the National Park Service said in a press release. Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, were last heard from on July 27.
Earlier this summer, search teams found their car near the Maze Loop trailhead. Their luggage was still at the Airbnb they rented and their last known contact was a cell phone ping in the area, CBS reported.
Orbeso’s father, Gilbert, searched sections of the park for months with friends of the couple and authorities. They made a breakthrough Sunday as they scaled 30-foot cliffs and covered new ground. They came across clothing, food wrappers and water bottles that led them to the bodies, according to California-based ABC station KABC.
Searchers earlier found a vehicle connected to the missing pair of Rachel Nguyen and her boyfriend Joseph Orbes, near the Maze Loop Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.
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The bodies were embracing each other, Gilbert Orbeso told KABC.
The remains were picked up by a helicopter and sent to the San Bernardino coroner’s office to confirm the identities.But Gilbert Orbeso is already certain they are his son and his son’s girlfriend.
“I feel that we have closure and we know we found them,” Gilbert Orbeso told KABC. “(I) hope they can rest in peace now.”
Fox News reports that just over 1,000 deaths [excluding suicides], have occurred in National Parks in the last decade, according, most of them as a result of drowning or motor vehicle accidents. In Joshua Tree, where the pair of hikers tragically met their death this summer, temperatures dangerously topped 100 degrees.