Death Valley bones may belong to missing tourists

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2009 6:50 PM

Sheriff's officials say more bones have been found in Death Valley that could be the remains of four German tourists who vanished 13 years ago.

Inyo County sheriff's spokeswoman Carma Roper said Tuesday a weekend search turned up the bones in the same remote area where two hikers found skeletal remains last month.

The coroner's office hasn't determined a name, but a form of identification for one of the tourists was found nearby.

Dresden resident Cornelia Meyer; her 4-year-old son; her boyfriend, Egbert Rimkus, and his 10-year-old son vanished in 120-degree heat during a trip to the Mojave Desert park in 1996.

Months later, their rented minivan was found in a sandy ravine with its tires were shredded.