2 bodies found in Joshua Tree National Park

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JOSHUA TREE, Calif. - Two adult bodies were discovered in Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday, according to the public information officer with the park.

Authorities found the bodies in a remote area of the park around 11:30 a.m. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, National Park rangers and Joshua Tree rescue team are all on the scene, authorities told KTLA.

The two bodies were found nearly three months after two hikers, 20-year-old Rachel Nguyen and 21-year-old Joseph Orbeso, went missing in the area.

Photos of a couple who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park are shown at the command post on July 31, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The young couple were staying at an Airbnb, and the property’s owner reported them missing when they failed to check out as scheduled in July, according to an uncle.

Search and rescue teams looked tirelessly for the pair and located their vehicle, a burgundy Lexus,  in the vicinity of the Maze Loop near the park’s west entrance, but did not locate the couple, officials said.

A spokesman for the park told KTLA at the time of the incident that there was no reason to suspect foul play and officials believed the couple had gotten lost in the park.

Authorities have not yet confirmed that the two bodies found belong to Nguyen and Orbeso.  The bodies were transported to the Coroner’s office for identification.

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