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 bodies were discovered on the north side of the Maze Loop Trail in Joshua Tree, according to media reports from Riverside County.
Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, from Orange County, were last seen in July 27, when they did not to check out of their Airbnb.
According to Coachella Valley-based TV station KESQ, Gilbert Orbeso, the missing man's father, was with the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue team when the bodies were discovered and reportedly identified his son's remains.
Officials have not yet confirmed the identities of the recovered bodies, and will be holding an autopsy. "That was our fundamental objective, to discover them", said Gilbert Orbeso, who every now and again joined the months-long inquiry endeavors that included relatives, companions, volunteers and law implementation on the ground and in helicopters.
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"I feel that we have closure, " he said.
"I believed that I was going to find them", Orbeso's father, Gilbert, told KESQ.
The bodies were embracing each other, Gilbert Orbeso told KABC. Eventually, he noticed items of clothing, water bottles and food wrappers.
Early on, authorities investigating the missing couple did not believe that any foul play was involved in the pair's disappearance.
Authorities say the bodies of two adults have been found in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a California couple vanished while hiking almost three months ago. The park is beloved by star-gazers for its nearly complete lack of light pollution.