Authorities are still searching for a Chinese woman who went missing near Morongo Basin in San Bernadino County over two months ago. Her companion was recently found dead.
According to The San Diego-Tribune, 47-year-old Jin Fang had traveled from China to meet 52-year-old John Fitzpatrick. The San Bernadino County Sheriff’s office says she landed in Los Angeles on July 14. A friend last heard from her on July 22, and she was officially reported missing on July 26.
Initial reports from news outlets like Hi-Desert Star said that Fang had hired Fitzpatrick as a tour guide for the Morongo Basin area.
“Fitzpatrick was hired to be Jin’s tour guide of the Morongo Basin area,” said Sheriff’s Department public information officer Gloria Huerta. “They were supposed to go camping, but the amount of time was not disclosed.”
The San Diego-Tribune says that the pair had reportedly met online earlier in the year, beginning a romantic relationship.
Darryl Hoss, Fitzpatrick’s longtime, reported him missing on July 30. Authorities found his body last month in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Hoss told The San Diego-Tribune that Fitzpatrick had planned to show Fang around the Morongo Basin before heading into the state park to camp. He met Fang before the pair headed off on their trip.
Authorities told The San Diego-Tribune on Friday, October 6, that Fang was still missing.
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