Authorities who had been searching for an 20-year-old Oceanside hiker who disappeared near Joshua Tree National Park found a body in the desert Wednesday.
The identification of the body is pending. Searchers have been looking for Joseph John Alvarez Espinosa, who goes by Joey, and who was last seen when a family member dropped him off for a hike May 16, 2021. There is no confirmation that the body is Espinosa.
Shortly before 11a Wednesday, May 26, 2021, San Bernardino County sheriff’s detectives were called to assist in the search and rescue operation in an area in the national park known as Wonder Valley, southeast of Ironage Road and state Route 62, department officials said in a news release.
“During the operation, searchers located the body of an unidentified male in the open desert within the Joshua Tree National Park boundary,” the department said.