Couple Missing in Joshua Tree NP

A search is underway for a missing couple believed to be hiking in Joshua Tree National Park.

Park officials reported Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso missing Saturday morning.

Authorities said the couple’s vehicle was found near the Maize Loop, located in the northwest area of the park.

Officials described the couple as being in their early 20’s, and are from the Los Angeles area.

Both were expected to check out of their hotel at 11 a.m. Friday.

Authorities said all of their belongings were left behind in their room.

A ping of Orbeso’s cell phone was recorded Thursday at 4 p.m. from a location inside the park.
[Local News Story]

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