Joshua Tree National Park
Joseph Alvarez Espinoza. Photo credit: Screen shot,

A body found this week in Joshua Tree National Park was that of young Oceanside resident who disappeared during an outing in the nature preserve two weekends ago.

Search-and-rescue personnel looking for Joseph Alvarez Espinoza, 20, in rugged desert terrain southeast of Twentynine Palms Highway in Wonder Valley discovered his remains shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Espinoza had been missing since May 16, when his grandmother dropped him off for a hike in the park, the agency reported.

A ruling on the cause of his death was on hold pending an autopsy report.