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Missing couple in Joshua Tree National Park found 'locked in an embrace'

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Posted at 7:43 AM, Oct 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-22 12:28:10-04

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KGTV) -- California officials say the couple found in Joshua Tree National Park after they went missing three months ago were found locked in an embrace, according to CNN.

"Based on evidence located at the scene, detectives believe Orbeso shot Nguyen, then shot himself," said the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Officials say the gun found near the bodies was registered to Orbeso. Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso has been missing for almost three months after the pair went missing while on a hike in the desert park. Their bodies were discovered on October 15.

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"The bodies of [Nguyen] and [Orbeso] were found under a tree. They had positioned their clothing to cover their lower extremities and protect them from the sun. It appears they had been rationing their food and had no water," Sheriff's investigators said in a release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, Detective Scott Stafford or Sergeant Robert Warrick at 909-387-3589 or the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463.