Missing San Diego couple found dead in Fresno County river

Posted at 4:28 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 21:58:31-04

(KGTV) - The bodies of a San Diego couple reported missing in August were found in their wrecked car in the Kings River by a Fresno County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team Thursday.

Yinan Wang, 31, and his wife Jie Song, 30, were last seen on a trip to the Yosemite area.

The couple had been visiting Sequoia National Park and planned to drive down Highway 180 to Fresno but never arrived at their hotel.

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Members of the SAR team found the couple’s white Ford Focus down a canyon in the Kings River during an investigation into the two missing Thai students, who had crashed weeks earlier.

The Focus was discovered after a SAR deputy who was watching local news coverage saw the license plate in the brush that did not belong to the Thai couple's car.

The bodies of the Thai students were later recovered. 

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The recovery process for the white car was delayed until the water level in the Kings River lowered enough for the SAR team to safely access the vehicle.

On Thursday, the SAR team made its way to the submerged Focus and used a manual winch system to pull it from the river. The bodies of Wang and Song were removed and flown to a coroner's vehicle waiting at the top of the canyon.

The wreckage of the Focus and the Thai couple's car remains in the canyon. The CHP is working on a recovery plan.

There is no word on why the cars crashed.