Bodies Found In Joshua Tree May Belong To Missing OC Hikers

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A park ranger in Southern California found two bodies on Sunday, which are believed to be the remains of hikers who went missing almost three months ago - 20-year-old Rachel Nguyen and 21-year-old Joseph Orbeso.

The National Park Service said bodies were discovered around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a remote region.

Gilbert Orbeso, who was with the search party when the discovery was made, told KESQ-TV that they are his 21-year-old son, Joseph Orbeso, and Joseph's 20-year-old girlfriend, Rachel Nguyen.

The disappearance sparked the largest search at Joshua Tree National Park since September 2010 when Edward Rosenthal, 64, of Culver City was found alive six days after going missing.

"We have seen those recent news reports", Cook said.

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KABC7 reported that the bodies were embracing. Officials have not yet confirmed the identities of the recovered bodies, and will be holding an autopsy. "But I had my answer today". They were reported missing the next day after they did not check out of their Airbnb rental.

However, an extensive search failed to find any trace of the couple until this Sunday when rescue teams found two bodies at the end of a trail of food wrappers and water bottles. "I find myself calling him even though I know he's not there".

According to KESQ and KABC, the couple was last heard from in late July, and search teams later located their vehicle near the beginning of one of the park's trails.

The couple disappeared while hiking in the area on July, sparking massive searches led by Joseph's dad Gilbert Orbeso. "Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California", reads the National Park Service description.

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