Death Valley bones may belong to missing tourists

Death Valley bones may belong to missing tourists
These images provided by the Inyo County Sheriff's Department shows three of four German tourists who disappeared in Death Valley 13 years ago. (AP Photo/Inyo County Sheriff)
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say they've found more bones in Death Valley that may be the remains of four German tourists who vanished 13 years ago.

Inyo County sheriff's spokeswoman Carma Roper said Tuesday that a weekend search turned up the bones in the same remote area where two hikers found skeletal remains last month.

The coroner's office hasn't identified those remains but ID from one of the tourists was found nearby.

Dresden resident Cornelia Meyer; her 4-year-old son; her boyfriend, Egbert Rimkus, and his 10-year-old son vanished in 120-degree heat during a trip to the Mojave Desert park in 1996.

A massive search found no sign of them. Months later, their rented minivan was found abandoned in a sandy ravine. Its tires were shredded.