Two hikers Lost in Joshua Tree

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Two hikers Lost in Joshua Tree

Post by Jim_b » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:53 pm

Search IN PROGRESS for a man and woman, whose vehicle is in the Maze trail parking area. It is believed they went missing after 6 am this morning. At 4 pm JOSAR was called and trackers processed the tracks near the vehicle.

Dog teams being air lifted to search area and one of JOSAR team members overcome by heat and airlifted out. 4-5 SAR members have had to be airlifted out due to heat.

Search now in 3rd day still missing.

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Re: Two hikers Lost in Joshua Tree

Post by Jim_b » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:09 pm

No news. Search is resuming. 8/1/17 10AM

Update Joshua Tree NP (August 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM): The superintendent has issued a temporary closure for the Maze Loop Trail as a result of the ongoing search. For visitor and rescuer safety, the trailhead as well as the entire loop trail will be open for rescue staff only. The closure will be lifted as soon as the missing parties are found.

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Re: Two hikers Lost in Joshua Tree

Post by Jim_b » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:29 pm

No news. Search is resuming. 8/6/17 10AM

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Re: Two hikers Lost in Joshua Tree

Post by Jim_b » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:11 am

The official search ended yesterday but now JOSAR will include continuing the search in our monthly training.

Drones were used yesterday by Grand Canyon SAR, we wish to thank them for their help. Our terrain is quite different from their use.

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Re: Two hikers Lost in Joshua Tree

Post by Jim_b » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:10 am

News Release - August 7, 2017

Searchers having been looking for 10 days for a couple who disappeared in Joshua Tree National Park with few leads or traces. Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso entered the park at approximately 6:45am on Thursday, July 27 and have not been seen or heard from since. An extensive search has been going on in the park since July 28 which has included resources from the National Park Service, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept., Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, San Bernardino County Search and Rescue, the Bureau of Land Management, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept., US Border Patrol and the California Rescue Dog Association.

While resources have been scaled back, a special regional overhead team made up of investigators from Yosemite National Park and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park have arrived on scene as well as NPS drone specialists from the Grand Canyon. Canine teams from JOSAR are also continuing the search when the scorching temperatures will allow. Superintendent David Smith said, “Our search teams have put forth a tremendous effort for the rescue and recovery of these two young people. We can only begin to imagine just how difficult and painful this whole experience has been for the parents, family and friends of Joseph and Rachel. It has deeply affected the men and women involved in this search. Although we have had to scale back the active rescue, we continue to dedicate park resources to finding them.”

The couple’s vehicle was found at the trailhead of a popular hiking trail known as the Maze Loop. Anyone who might have been hiking or stopping in the area and recall seeing a couple in their early twenties, or having other pertinent information about the two are asked to contact San Bernardino Dispatch at 909 383-5652.

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Re: Two hikers Lost in Joshua Tree

Post by Jim_b » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:55 pm

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. - Two adult bodies were discovered in Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday, according to the public information officer with the park.

Authorities found the bodies in a remote area of the park around 11:30 a.m. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, National Park rangers and Joshua Tree rescue team are all on the scene,

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