2 hikers found dead in Mojave Desert

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Authorities say two hikers have been found dead in Southern California's Mojave Desert.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says the pair was discovered Saturday near Amboy Crater, an extinct cinder cone volcano.

An advisory from the sheriff's department identified the victims as Kathie Barber, 58, and Gen Miake, 60, a married couple who lived in Yorba Linda.

According to the advisory, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday from Kathie Barber. She said she had been hiking with her husband since 11 a.m. and had became separated. She said he had a heart condition and that she was out of water. 

A patrol helicopter arrived at the parking lot at the Amboy trail head, where the couple’s car was parked. The deputy on the scene couldn't determine what direction the couple had walked.

Sheriff's deputies started an aerial search and located two hikers who matched the description Barber had provided when she called dispatch. Both were approximately one to two miles east of the Amboy trail head and appeared unresponsive on the ground.

They were approximately 100 yards away from each another in the open desert with no shade. The outside air temperature was approximately 113 degrees. 

After landing and making contact with the hikers, the crew flew back to the trail head. They picked up a member of the San Bernardino County Fire Department who returned with them to the site and confirmed both hikers were dead. 

The Amboy Crater, which rises above a wide, barren lava field, is popular among desert hikers.

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