Missing L.A. Couple Drank Their Urine to Survive While Lost for Days in Desert

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Mariya "Masha" Mitkova, left, and Aaron Morganstein are shown in photos provided to KTLA by a family member.

A Los Angeles couple who went missing during a visit to the desert wandered for five days, drinking their own urine to survive, before they were discovered by the U.S. Border Patrol, according to a friend of the couple.

On Friday, the LAPD confirmed that Mariya Mitkova, 27, and Aaron Morganstein, 33, were  discovered in “good health” near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The couple was last seen leaving the pair’s home in the 2200 block of Shoredale Avenue, in Elysian Valley, about 3 p.m. last Saturday. They told loved ones they had planned to drive to Joshua Tree National Park or Imperial Sand Dunes for the weekend, according to the LAPD.

Mitkova and Morganstein, according to LAPD Officer Tony Im, were found in Mexico and were going to be picked up by family members.

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