Body of man who went missing on way home from Joshua Tree found in Thermal

The body of a Ankit Goyal, who went missing in late September while driving home from a camping trip in Joshua Tree National Park, was found Sunday in the open desert in Thermal, reports The Desert Sun.

Goyal, 28, went missing on his way home after camping in the park between September 28 and September 30. He had texted his father on September 30 that he was leaving Joshua Tree soon and to expect him home in about 2 hours.

A Caltrans employee found Goyal’s vehicle – which had significant damage and appeared to have been swept off the road, possibly by a storm that hit the area on the day Goyal was there.

“The vehicle appeared to have been swept off the roadway in the canyon, possibly during recent storms on September 30,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Nielsen told KESQ.

The cause of death was not released on Wednesday.