Joshua Tree National Park deaths probed
Authorities believe the man and woman were traveling together when they became stranded, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The man’s body was found at 7 p.m. Monday along Black Eagle Mine Road, about one mile from the park’s major thoroughfare.
Hours later, deputies discovered the woman’s body a mile east. They also found what they believe to be the couple's vehicle about five miles away from her body.
The sedan appeared to be stuck in the dirt road, said Cpl. Courtney Donowho of the sheriff's department.
She said the cause of death had not been determined and autopsies were scheduled Wednesday.
“It was extremely hot and this could have been heat-related, but we don’t know yet for certain,” she said, adding investigators are trying to “retrace these folks’ steps that they took prior to being found out there.”
-- Sam Allen
Photo: Joshua Tree National Park. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.