California couple went missing months ago in Joshua Tree Park and bodies found in an embrace

KwakMin-jung 기자() | Posted : October 18, 2017, 15:14 | Updated : October 18, 2017, 15:14

From left: Joseph Orbeso and Rachel Nguyen [Courtesy of State of California Department of Justice]

A Southern Californa couple, 21-year-old Joseph Orbeso and 20-year-old Rachel Nguyen, went missing on July 27 after their weekend hiking trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Their family reported the couple missing on July 28. 

Joshua Tree National Park [Courtesy of Pixabay]

The search party formed after the couple went missing has been searching for the couple for months including Joseph's father, Gilbert Orbeso. The searches led by Orbeso went on even after the authorities scaled back their searches for the couple. 

On Sunday during the search, Orbeso spotted a trail of clothing, water bottles and other items that led to two adult bodies in an embrace. He believes that the bodies are his son and Nguyen. 

The identities of the bodies have not been confirmed yet. However, Orbeso is certain that he found his son's body. 

The autopsy results have not been released as of Tuesday. 

The hiking trip was Joseph's birthday present to Nguyen but he was not an experienced hiker. It is not an unusual routine for hikers getting lost in the park but normally they find their way back the next day. 

Joshua Tree National Park is a national preserve in Southern California. The park has over 790,000 acres of land and has an active ecosystem that has been under the California Desert Protection Act since 1994. 

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