Couple Reported ‘Missing’ After Camping Trip Found Dead In Crashed Vehicle

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A Hispanic couple from California was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle that seemingly collided against a ridge in Nevada County. The couple, Janette “JJ” Pantoja, 29, and her ex-boyfriend Juan Almanza Zavala, 36, were last heard from on their way home from the Hot August Nights car show in Reno, Nevada.

After the couple’s failure to return home, Janette Pantoja’s family reported her missing to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department while Juan Zavala’s family reported him missing to the Yuba City Police Department.

According to authorities, the couple was last seen driving Zavala’s blue 2002 Ford Explorer with license plate 4SNS072, reported Independent-U.K.

A search that was conducted surrounding the area where the couple’s cellphones were last pinged showed no indication of their whereabouts. However, their lifeless bodies were finally found after a 911 caller notified the police of a vehicle down a ravine close to Highway 20 and Poker Flats Road in Penn Valley.

The site where the bodies were found is approximately 70 miles from the Prosser Family Campground in Tahoe National Forest, where Kiely Rodni, a 16-year-old who recently disappeared, was last seen at a party after midnight on Aug. 6.

Alejandra Pantoja, Janette’s sister, was frustrated as she told Fox5NY that the police were rude to their family, saying, “I called them … because I wanted to know about my sister, and they were like, ‘We can’t keep in contact with you every day.’”

Alejandra further lamented about the police’s sluggish treatment of her sister’s case saying that “they’ve been telling us they were going to send an aerial search and they haven’t done that.”

“I just feel like if something happened to them, or if he did something to her, they’re just giving [potential suspects] time to run,” she continued.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), every year, there are over 600,000 people who go missing in the U.S. Of these missing individuals, between 89% to 92% are later found, either dead or alive.

Data from the Missing NPF organization indicate that numerous people of color have vanished in national parks, however, their cases have not received significant attention compared to the publicity blitzkrieg that the Rodni case gained.

Bronx Zoo Accident 2012: 7 Dead In SUV Car Crash [PHOTO] A Hispanic couple from California was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle that seemingly collided against a ridge in Nevada County. The couple, Janette “JJ” Pantoja, 29, and her ex-boyfriend Juan Almanza Zavala, 36, were last heard from on their way home from the Hot August Nights car show in Reno, Nevada. This is a representational image. Twitter

 



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