Death Valley bones may be tourists missing for 13 years

Death Valley bones may be tourists missing for 13 years
Death Valley National Park, Calif. (AP file photo)
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say remains found in Death Valley may be those of four German tourists, including two children, who vanished 13 years ago.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Department says two people found skeletal remains on Thursday in a remote area of the Southern California desert park. Undersheriff Jim Jones says identification for one of the missing tourists was discovered near the area where the bones were found.

Authorities will try to identify the remains and determine a cause of death.

The tourists, including two boys ages 4 and 10, vanished in Death Valley in the summer of 1996, when daytime temperatures had topped 120 degrees.

Months later, their minivan was found in a ravine. Nevada and California authorities used helicopters and dozens of searchers to scour the area but found nothing.