The search has been called off in Death Valley National Park for four German tourists, three months after they were reported missing and 10 days after their abandoned rental van was discovered in a remote canyon.
Park rangers who scoured the area on land and by air found nothing more than an empty beer bottle about a quarter-mile from where the vehicle was found, park spokeswoman Ann Holeso said Wednesday. It was the same type of beer that was found in the van.
The group--two adults and two children--was touring the Southwest and was last seen in Las Vegas on July 22. Their rental van was due at Los Angeles International Airport July 26.
The vehicle was found in Anvil Spring Canyon, in the southwestern part of the park and about six miles from the nearest good dirt road, Holeso said. Tire tracks indicated that the group drove for about two miles on shredded tires and bent wheels.