Missing Joshua Tree Hikers Found Dead, Embracing Each Other

Frederick Owens
October 19, 2017

Authorities are working to identify two bodies discovered in Joshua Tree almost three months after a young couple went missing in the California national park.

Public Information Officer Jodi Miller of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said the agency was notified at around 1:50 p.m. on Sunday regarding the two discovered bodies in Joshua Tree National Park.

Orbeso, 21, of Lakewood, and Nguyen, 20, of Westminster, went into the desert park on July 27.

Orbeso's father, Gilbert, and a group of search and rescue workers launched a months-long search for the hikers, making a huge breakthrough on Sunday as they scaled 30-foot cliffs and covered new ground.

"I feel that we have closure", he said.

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Family members said the bodies were found not far from where the couple's belongings were located.

'I believed that I was going to find them. Authorities said a noise from Orbeso's phone was recorded in the park the day before the pair were reported missing. During the search, he found items of clothing, water bottles, and food wrappers.

"Joshua Tree - due to loss of daylight yesterday, the recovery of 2 missing hikers will occur this morning". Miller says the bodies were embracing when searchers came upon them. "ID's will be pending autopsies", San Bernardino County Sheriff's wrote on Twitter.

A widespread search in the searing heat of Joshua Tree National Park at the time failed to find the pair.

The couple disappeared while hiking in the area on July, sparking massive searches led by Joseph's dad Gilbert Orbeso. "Maybe I hope he'll answer". These numbers do not include suicide cases but mostly are incidents caused by drowning or motor vehicle accidents.

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