Yorba Linda Couple Found Dead After Hiking in Mojave Desert

The bodies of a couple who were found dead after going on a hike in the Mojave Desert are carried away into a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s vehicle on Aug. 12, 2017. (Credit: LOUDLABS)

A Yorba Linda couple were found dead after getting lost during a hike in the Mojave Desert this weekend, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Kathie Barber, 58, and her husband, Gen Miake, 60, were hiking near the Amboy Crater National Monument Saturday when Barber alerted authorities about 1:35 p.m. that she had been separated from her husband and that they were both lost, authorities said in a news release.

She also told San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials that she had run out of water and that her husband had a heart condition.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials searched the area on the ground and in the air.

Visitors walk underneath one of the gazebos at the Amboy Crater off Route 66 in the Mojave Desert in 2012. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Visitors walk underneath one of the gazebos at the Amboy Crater off Route 66 in the Mojave Desert in 2012. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The hikers’ car was found parked at the trail head, but searchers could not tell which direction they went.

They were eventually found unresponsive one to two miles east of the Amboy Crater trail head.

Miake was found about 4:05 p.m. and Barber was found about 150 yards away at 4:22 p.m., “in the open desert with no shade,” when the temperature was estimated at 113, according to the sheriff’s department.

The victim’s bodies were recovered, and an investigation is underway to determine their cause of death.