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Authorities Say Missing Joshua Tree Couple Died in Murder Suicide

Joseph Orbeso, left, and Rachel Nguyen have been missing since July 28.
Joseph Orbeso, left, and Rachel Nguyen have been missing since July 28.

A tragic turn in the recovery of two bodies in Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Authorities who had first said the couple died after getting lost during a hike now say they died in a murder suicide.

The San Bernardino County Coroner says gunshot wounds were found during the autopsy in the bodies of Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, reports KTLA. 

Investigators say Orbeso shot Nguyen and then himself.

“There is no indication that he wanted to harm her; that there was any plan for something like this,” said Cynthia Bachman of the Sheriff’s Department. “We’ll probably never know why it happened.” His motive for doing this, there’s nothing left behind to tell us why.”

The bodies were found after a three month search.

Orbeso’s father said when the bodies were found that the recovery gave him closure.

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