Families of couple missing at Joshua Tree offering $10,000 reward

Orange County (OCR,Aug 26,2017): The families of Joseph Orbeso, a 21-year-old from Lakewood, and Rachel Nguyen, a 20-year-old from Westminster, who disappeared more than a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park, plan to announce a $10,000 reward Saturday for information leading to the couple’s safe return.

“The families of the missing pair have asked the public to engage in helping their recovery,” Jennie Albrinck, a spokeswoman for Joshua Tree, said in a statement.  “It is their hope that the missing party may have left on their own accord and are alive somewhere outside the park.”

Family members plan to discuss the reward at a press conference at Maze Loop, a popular trailhead where the vehicle Orbeso and Nguyen used and fresh footprints were found by searchers July 28. The couple entered Joshua Tree the previous day, park officials have said.

“We are asking for the public’s help if they have been seen in the park, but mostly if possible out of the park,” Gilbert Orbeso, who is Joseph Orbeso’s father, said via a Facebook message. “Still no clues to their whereabouts.”

Extensive searches at Joshua Tree have been conducted by the couple’s families, National Park Service personnel and numerous law enforcement agencies.

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