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2 Bodies Found in Southern California Wildfire Burn Area

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two bodies found in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles may be that of hikers who went missing after a pair of wildfires broke out in the area last month.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s investigators retrieved the badly burned bodies Friday and said it may take weeks to confirm the victims’ identities.

The relatives of 16-year-old Jonathan Pardo and his 31-year-old cousin, Carlos Perez, said they found the bodies at the top of a mountain Thursday. They had spent more than two weeks looking along the trails blackened by the wildfires.

Pardo’s brother, Ricardo, told KABC-TV he’s certain the bodies belonged to the pair because he found part of a backpack they were carrying.

The fires erupted near Azusa and Duarte on June 20.