Oct 21, 2017

Missing California hikers died in apparent murder-suicide

A California couple who went missing in July in the Joshua Tree National Park are believed to have died in an murder-suicide, police have said. Rachel Nguyen, 20 and Joseph Orbeso, 22, were first discovered on 15 October by a search and rescue party that included Mr Orbeso's father. Investigators found a handgun registered to Mr Orbeso at the scene, she added. Mr Orbeso and Ms Nguyen were reported missing on 28 July after they failed to check out of their Airbnb accommodation in the Morongo Basin area. Mr Orbeso's father said in an email to the Southern California News Group that he wants his son "To be remembered as a kind, caring and thoughtful person".

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