Search-and-rescue teams recovered two bodies from the Kings River near Kings Canyon National Park Thursday afternoon, and authorities say they were a Chinese couple who vanished in August.
The search-and-rescue team also found the license plate to a white car that matched the one on the Ford Focus the couple was believed to be driving, Botti said.
The Fresno County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identities Friday.
The couple was reported missing after last being seen at the junction of Crystal Cave Road and Generals Highway on Aug. 6. A sheriff’s helicopter flying above a steep canyon spotted what appeared to be the white Ford Focus they were driving deeply submerged in the water. After the crash, the raging water proved to be too dangerous for deputies to access the wreckage.
The water level now is about 10 times lower than in August, Botti said.
The Chinese couple’s car was the second tourist car lost in less than a month on a treacherous stretch of Highway 180 through Forest Service land. Last month, a car containing the bodies of two Thai exchange students was recovered after their car crashed in the river canyon nearby.