Two hikers were found dead Saturday afternoon around the scorching Amboy Crater, an extinct cinder cone volcano halfway between Barstow and Needles where temperatures hit 104 degrees, authorities said.
CBS Local reported the man and woman, reportedly from Yorba Linda, were said to be in their 50s. Their names were not released.
At 1:36 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to the area of the Amboy Crater and National Trails Highway after receiving a report of two lost hikers, according to an email from San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller.
The Amboy Crater is a barren, almost black geological structure that fascinates tourists – particularly those from Europe, said Manny Lopez, the manager of the Roy’s Motel Cafe & Gas Station on Saturday afternoon. Often, he said, hikers are unprepared for the heat.
The high in Amboy hit 104 degrees at 1:56 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures didn’t dip below triple-digits until about 7 p.m.
But, Lopez — a veteran explorer of the crater — said it’s not unusual for temperatures to soar 7 degrees hotter on the lava field.
CBS reported that the woman called 911 for help but rescue crews didn’t reach the couple in time. Crews had also searched by air.
The man and the woman were found about 100 feet from each other, officials said.
Sheriff’s deputies noted the couple is not the missing couple that was last seen more than three weeks ago in the Joshua Tree area. Joshua Orbeso, of Lakewood, and Rachel Nguyen, of Westminster, both 20 years old, were last seen July 27.
More to come.