Bodies of missing hikers found embracing in Joshua tree

Bodies of missing hikers found embracing in Joshua tree”

The owner, who found the belongings they had left behind, reported them missing that day, and told investigators that they had mentioned hiking in the park.

More than 250 rescue workers, dogs and aircraft were drafted in for a widespread search, while a $10,000 (£7,580) reward was offered for information that would lead to the couple's safe return.

Reports indicate Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, chose to end their own lives rather than continue to face the elements with no food or water.

The two, from Orange County, California, had dated in the past and remained friends, the father added. At last, on October 15, a park ranger reported seeing "two deceased persons located inside. a steep canyon to the far north of the Maze Loop Trailhead". Both had gunshot wounds, according to a statement from the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department. "They had a choice of a slow and painful death or a quick death". Other hiking sites, such as Modern Hiker, describe the Maze Loop as part of a larger route, full of impressive desert vistas and "some of the most secluded rock formations in Joshua Tree". The weapon was found beside them.

"The bodies of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso were found under a tree", the sheriff's office said. They had draped clothing over their lower limbs as a shield from the blazing desert sun. They appeared to have been rationing food and had no water.

Le said Orbeso was a security guard and likely brought a gun for protection.

Authorities found the couple's vehicle near a trailhead the day they went missing and began searching for the two, at first pulling in 250 search and rescue resources, including "aircraft, dog teams, horse teams, and (a) ground team", who combined spent more than 2,100 hours looking for the couple. A San Bernardino sheriff's spokesperson later confirmed that account. "I don't want Joseph to go down as a murderer".

Police said the pair was locked in an embrace when they were found. I feel like we have closure. Detectives believe that Orbeso shot Nguyen, then immediately shot himself.

An uncle of the woman found dead in Joshua Tree National Park reportedly said investigators believe her boyfriend may have killed her in a "sympathetic murder-suicide" after she suffered a head injury. "We hold no grudges against Joseph or the Orbeso Family", shared the Nguyen family in a statement, per the OC Register. That was our main goal was to find them...

"We are all very fortunate and relieved to have a proper and peaceful memorial service for Joseph and Rachel".

Son Nguyen told the newspaper that Rachel may have been in distress; her T-shirt had been wrapped around her head like a bandage.

"You can take a short hike and lose sight of the road, and, if you didn't pay attention to what the landmarks look like, in the opposite direction, you could start wandering", the team said.

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