MISSING HIKERS’ DEATHS CALLED MURDER-SUICIDE

The county coroner’s office has classified the deaths of two hikers who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park as a murder-suicide. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, had been reported missing July 28 when they did not check out of their vacation rental in Joshua Tree, but all

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MISSING HIKERS' DEATHS CALLED MURDER-SUICIDE

The county coroner’s office has classified the deaths of two hikers who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park as a murder-suicide. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, had been reported missing July 28 when they did not check out of their vacation rental in Joshua Tree, but all

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2 BODIES, POSSIBLY MISSING HIKERS, FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

After nearly three months of searching, it appears the bodies of the pair of hikers who have been missing in Joshua Tree National Park since July 27 have been found. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue reported that JOSAR searchers found the bodies Sunday morning. JOSAR said that Gilbert Orbeso, the

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PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN FINDING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. Jamie Hermes, 58, was reported missing by his sister August 8. Hermes, who is homeless, normally frequents the eastern Stater Brother grocery store and the area of Yucca Trail and Pioneertown Road. Hermes suffered a brain

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FAMILIES OF MISSING HIKERS WILL NEVER STOP LOOKING, OFFER REWARD

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park held a press conference Saturday to announce they will offer a reward for the safe return of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso. With details, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff… “There’s a small, small

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FAMILIES OF MISSING HIKERS WILL NEVER STOP SEARCHING

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park held a press conference Saturday to announce they will offer a reward for the safe return of Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso. With details, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

“There’s a small, small

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FAMILIES OF HIKERS MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER REWARD

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park will announce Saturday that they will offer a reward for their safe return. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, were reported missing July 28 when the owner of the vacation rental in

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SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKERS SCALED BACK

Now in its 12th day, an intensive search for two hikers who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park has been scaled back. A park press release says Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, drove their car into the park at 6:45 a.m. July 27 and have not been

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DOG TEAMS CONTINUE THE SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKERS

One of the volunteers with Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue who has been out searching for the missing couple nearly every day with her search dog is a Pioneertown resident. Reporter David Haldane spoke with her and says she’s determined to see the search through…

Imagine that someone’s

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THE SEARCH PROCESS FOR MISSING PEOPLE

It’s been a week since an Orange County couple went missing in Joshua Tree National Park, and searchers are still scouring the area where their car was found. Searchers from the national park, the Sheriff’s Department, Border Patrol, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue are searching the Maze Loop Trail

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THE PUBLIC IS INTERFERING WITH THE SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKERS

About 25 searchers were out again Wednesday looking for the missing hikers who disappeared in Joshua Tree National Park Thursday. The car of Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph 21, was found in the parking lot for this trail last Friday. Park spokesman George Land said the search will continue, despite

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DESERT SURVIVAL TIPS

While the likelihood of finding the Orange County couple alive diminishes each day they remain missing—and it’s highly unusual for people to remain missing this long—reporter David Haldane has some suggestions o, how to avoid—and if necessary, survive—becoming lost in the desert…

Imagine a nightmare scenario. You’re hiking in Joshua

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSES TRAIL DURING SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKERS

Joshua Tree National Park announced yesterday the temporary closure of the Maze Loop Trail and trailhead while searchers look for two missing hikers. Tuesday was the fifth day in the search for Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, of Westminster. The couple’s car was found Friday at the trailhead

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WESTMINSTER COUPLE MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FOR 5TH DAY

Search teams will brave triple-digit temperatures for a fifth day today hoping to find a Westminster couple reported missing in Joshua Tree National Park Friday. The couple, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, came to the park Thursday for a hiking trip and haven’t been seen since. Their car

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SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKERS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CONTINUES

A search for a pair of missing hikers in Joshua Tree National Park is going into its fourth day today. According to park spokesman George Land, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, of Westminster, were supposed to have checked out of their AirBnB rental home by 11 a.m. Friday.

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SHERIFF LAUNCHES “SAFE RETURN” PROGRAM FOR THE MISSING DISABLED

The Sheriff’s Department often receives reports of missing people who have a tendency to wander because of a disability such as autism, Alzheimer’s or dementia. The department has started a registry database, The Safe Return Program, where residents can register their loved ones who are at risk of wandering and

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SHERIFF NEEDS HELP FINDING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

UPDATE: 8 a.m. 6-18-17

Arturo Esparza has been found safe.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Yucca Valley man. Arturo Esparza, 57, left his home on foot near Pioneertown Road about 5:45 p.m. Saturday and has not returned. Esparza has Alzheimer’s Disease. He

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MAN MISSING FROM DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Desert Hot Springs police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing man. About 7 a.m. Friday morning, Robert Garris, 63, walked away from his home in the 13200 block of Del Ray Lane in Desert Hot Springs, and has not returned. Garris is described as white, 5

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MISSING MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN

Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Morongo Valley woman. On March 14, 2017, Krista Bowman, 32 left her mother’s residence to visit a male friend in Colorado. Bowman was driving her silver Toyota Avalon and her last known location was in Fort Garland, Colorado.

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MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN LOCATED IN IDAHO

A Yucca Valley man who was reported missing April 14 was found safe Thursday in Idaho. According to the Sheriff’s Department, George “Marty” McKissen left his home in the 56800 block of Little League Drive to ride his bicycle the morning of April 14 and never returned home. McKissen has

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