Angeles National Forest

Families Fear Worst in Search for Missing Teen Hikers in Angeles National Forest

Families embraced and wept at the site where a truck matching the description of the vehicle three missing hikers were last seen in was discovered in the Angeles National Forest Monday, Fontana police said. 

A white pick-up truck was discovered Monday afternoon 900 feet down the side of a cliff with three bodies inside amid the search for the three missing teens, Fontana police said. 

Family members arrived at the site shortly after the discovery, sinking to their knees and throwing their hands in the air.

The three teen hikers went missing in the Angeles National Forest over the weekend. 

Daniel Gamboa, 19, Kasey Vance, 18, and Samantha Ornelas, 17, told family members on Saturday they were going hiking in the Angeles Forest, possibly near Mt. Wilson.

When the three did not return home or contact family by Monday, authorities launched a search.

"She's not a hiker -- she went in sandals and shorts," Isabel Ornelas, one of the hiker's siblings, said at a news conference before the truck was discovered. 

Police found a white pick-up truck that tumbled over the side of a cliff at mile marker 40 at 6 p.m. Monday. 

The missing were believed to be traveling in Gamboa's 2008 White Toyota Tundra pick-up truck.

"If you see this truck, these kids...tell them to come home," Ornelas said with tears streaming down her face at the news conference. 

Tony Quintero said he didn't believe that his cousin was in the discovered truck's wreckage.


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"I think she's somewhere crying for help," he said.

There would be no official identification on the bodies inside of the truck until the coroner's office could complete its investigation.

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