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Remains found may be missing tourists

November 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Remains found in Death Valley may be those of four German tourists, including two children, who disappeared 13 years ago.The Inyo County Sheriff's Department says two people found skeletal remains Thursday in a remote area of the park.

Identification for one of the missing tourists was discovered near the area where the bones were found.

Authorities are now trying to identify the remains and determine a cause of death.

The tourists, including two boys ages 4 and 10, went missing in Death Valley in the summer of 1996, when daytime temperatures reached 120 degrees.

Several months later, their minivan was spotted in a ravine but the victims were never found.

AP contributed to this report.