Bodies in California desert found locked in embrace

Trevor Jackson
October 19, 2017

Autopsies were pending Tuesday on two bodies found embracing in death that are believed to be a Southland couple who went missing after departing on a desert hike in July.

KESQ-TV reports that the remains of two bodies were discovered Sunday on the north side of the Maze Loop Trail.

According to a previous release from the National Park Service, Nguyen and Orbeso entered the park at 6:45 a.m. on July 27, and have not been seen or heard from since.

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.

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

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Though the identities of the bodies have not yet been confirmed by the San Bernardino County coroner, both officials and Orbeso's father believe they belong to the pair.

A search team comprised of hundreds of members had been looking for the pair and the search ended Sunday when they found the bodies locked in an embrace. Their vehicle was later found near the park's maze loop.

"Joshua Tree - due to loss of daylight yesterday, the recovery of 2 missing hikers will occur this morning". I am proud to be his father and his kindness will live on in me and those who knew him best.

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

According to Fox News, more than 1,000 deaths have occurred in National Parks in the last decade. Extensive search efforts had been unable to locate them at the time. While scouring Joshua Tree National Park with a search team, Gilbert Orbeso routinely combed over miles of bare cliffs and boulders.

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