The National Park Service, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department and the California Highway Patrol, are conducting a missing person search at Joshua Tree National Park, looking for 20 year old Joseph John Alvarez Espinosa (Joey) of Oceanside, California.
He’s been missing since he went hiking on Sunday May 16th, 2021 at Joshua Tree National Park.
Park staff was informed he might be in the park on Sunday, May 23rd, and began searching for him that day.
A family member dropped off Espinosa, and reportedly his is alone.
Espinosa was last seen approximately 30 miles east of Twentynine Palms on Highway 62. He was walking south into the desert.
He is described as an Hispanic male, 5’8″, 300 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
He was last seen wearing a dark blue or black tee shirt with Matthew 4:4 on the back, black cargo pants, and black shoes. He was carrying a canteen.
Joshua Tree rangers are asking anyone who may have seen or talked to Espinosa to please call or text the NPS Investigation Tip Line at 760-401-3075. Rangers request that anyone conducting a private search should cease so that they can assess the areas without contamination of physical clues necessary to this investigation.
A missing person investigation is on-going.
Joseph John Alvarez Espinosa (Joey) of Oceanside, California.
Missing HIker in Joshua Tree National Park.
Photo from National Park Service