The Riverside County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the human skeleton found in Joshua Tree National Park on January 25th 2024 is that of missing hiker, Trammell Evans of Florida.

The 26 year old Evans was dropped off in the Black Rock area of the park on April 30th 2023.

He was heading out on a hike alone.

When he never returned from the hike, family members called police.

An extensive search in May 2023 yielded nothing.

Then Park staff found the human remains on Thursday January 25th 2024, with Evans’ backpack nearby.

The investigation is ongoing as to what happened, as the Coroner has not confirmed a cause of death.


FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2010 file photo, a seedling Joshua tree, right, grows in the shadow of a mature tree in the Mojave Desert near the town of Apple Valley, Calif. In the California desert, Joshua tree seedlings are shriveling up and dying before they get the chance to put down strong roots. The species has weathered threats before. In the 1990s, moist El Nino conditions triggered explosive growth of exotic grasses that established themselves and left the forests vulnerable to large-scale brush fires. One such blaze charred 14,000 acres in 1999.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) used locally Jan 30th 2024