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Lakewood woman, man missing after Joshua Tree National Park trip

November 27, 2012 |  8:20 pm

Helen Melnyk and Tony Nosow
Authorities on Tuesday were searching for a Lakewood woman and a man who were reported missing after a planned trip to Joshua Tree National Park.

Helen Melnyk and Landers resident Tony Nosow were reported by family members as overdue from a Thanksgiving weekend trip to the park, where they planned to drive some of the backcountry roads, according to park officials.

Rangers believe that a vehicle matching Nosow's four-wheel drive Chevy Silverado was seen entering the park on Saturday morning. But a search by rangers on the ground and California Highway Patrol officers in a helicopter and plane failed to find the couple, officials said.

Officials said Tuesday that it was unclear whether Melnyk and Landers remained in the park. A missing persons report was filed in Lakewood with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Federal Interagency Communications Center at (909) 383-5651.


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Photo: Helen Melnyk and Tony Nosow. Credit: National Park Service