2 found dead in Joshua Tree National Park

AP News
Posted: Aug 23, 2011 2:45 PM
2 found dead in Joshua Tree National Park

Two people have been found dead after their car apparently became stranded in the Southern California desert, where temperatures have topped 100 degrees.

Authorities say a couple visiting Joshua Tree National Park reported finding a dead man Monday night on the edge of the Black Eagle Mine Road.

A few hours later, Riverside County sheriff's deputies found the body of a woman about a mile from the man's. Their car was found stranded about five miles away on the same road.

The victims' identities and cause of death haven't been released.

The park north of Palm Springs was expected to see highs of up to 113 this week.

Joshua Tree National Park sprawls over more than 1,200 square miles of the rugged Colorado and Mojave deserts.