Bodies of two missing hikers found in Joshua Tree National Park

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Orbeso - Young's best friend since the sixth grade - went missing along with Rachel Nguyen on July 20 when the pair went to Joshua Tree National Park for a hike to celebrate Nguyen's birthday.

Hikers discovered the bodies in a remote region of the California park on Sunday, the National Park Service said in a press release.

Rachel Nguyen, 21, of Westminster and 21-year-old Joseph Orbeso of Lakewood were last seen on July 27, according to authorities.

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. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was expected to recover the bodies on Monday.

"I feel that we have closure and we know we found them", Gilbert Orbeso told KABC.

Orbeso and Nguyen, both in their 20s, were reported missing July 28, after they failed to check out of their accommodations near the park.

The recovery did not occur Sunday, when the bodies were discovered by a hiker, because of loss of daylight, officials said.

Earlier this summer, search teams found their vehicle near the Maze Loop trailhead.

The disappearance sparked the largest search at Joshua Tree National Park since September 2010 when Edward Rosenthal, 64, of Culver City was found alive after going missing for six days.

On Sunday, he found pieces of clothing, water bottles and food wrappers in a wash two miles from the Maze Loop. "That was our main goal was to find them.Hope they can rest in peace now", Gilbert Orbeso said.

Joshua Tree, where temperatures topped 100 degrees this summer, was among the Washington Post's listing of 10 most deadly national parks in 2014.



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