Bodies found locked in embrace in California national park

Katrina Barker
October 19, 2017

A months-long search for two missing hikers ended in tragedy after a pair of bodies were found locked in an embrace at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.

In a press release, the National Park Service confirmed the discovery of the two bodies "in a remote region" of the park by hikers on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. local time, and said that park rangers, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department were responding.

Rachel Nguyen, 21, of Westminster and 21-year-old Joseph Orbeso of Lakewood were last seen on July 27, according to authorities. "We thank God for bringing peace and closure for our family".

The bodies were found Sunday but they were recovered Monday, Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said, adding that autopsies will determine the causes of death.

'I believed that I was going to find them. I am proud to be his father and his kindness will live on in me and those who knew him best.

The grim discovery comes almost three months after rescuers began combing the park in search of a couple who were reported missing when they failed to check out of their Airbnb accommodations on July 28.

Searchers found the vehicle Orbeso and Nguyen used and fresh footprints at the popular Maze Loop trailhead on July 28.

According to local outlet KABC, Orbeso's father said that he and the search team discovered the bodies "embracing" on Sunday.

According to KESQ and KABC, the couple was last heard from in late July, and search teams later located their auto near the beginning of one of the park's trails. There have been search teams out looking for both of them since they disappeared.

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