By Muhammad Atef | April 8, 2021

Authorities searching for Tucson couple missing in Death Valley | Local news

California authorities are searching Death Valley by air and ground after a Tucson couple failed to return from a camping trip last Sunday.

Alexander Lofgren, 32, and his girlfriend Emily Henkel, 27 were entered into a federal database for missing and unidentified persons on Wednesday, April 7, three days after they were due to return from their visit to Death Valley National Park, a county sheriff said in an April 8 Facebook post.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified April 6 of a possible missing couple and has tried unsuccessfully to find them by searching every hotel, monument and attraction in the area and checking each camp site listed on Lofgren’s back country registration log, the sheriff’s post said. The county is located in east-central California between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Nevada.

Calls to the couple’s cell phones have been going straight to voicemail and forensic analysis of their phones could not establish their whereabouts because the area lacked cell phone service, the sheriff said.

Authorities located the couple’s 2018 white Subaru Forester around midday April 8 in a remote area that wasn’t anywhere near the locations they registered, Sheriff Jeff Hollowell said in a phone interview.

A search aircraft spotted a single individual in that general area, but could not identify it was one of the missing Tucsonans, Hollowell said. Ground forces are headed into the area to try to find out more, he said

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