Saturday, October 21, 2017

Missing hikers found dead, locked in an embrace, at Joshua Tree National Park

California couple Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso went missing three months ago in Joshua Tree National Park. Searchers found them shot dead this week, locked in an embrace, officials say. "Based on evidence located at the scene, detectives believe Orbeso shot Nguyen, then shot himself," the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. A gun found near the bodies was registered to Orbeso, officials said. The owner of a bed-and-breakfast near the park reported the couple missing July 28 after they failed to check out of their room, according to authorities. He told deputies that his guests possibly went hiking at Joshua Tree National Park. Nguyen, 20, and Orbeso, 22, of Orange County were found dead this week in a rugged canyon with boulders in a remote area of the park. Police identified them Thursday...more

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