Missing Elysian Valley couple located in Mexico


ELYSIAN VALLEY — A man and woman who were reported missing after failing to return from a weekend desert camping trip have turned up in Mexico, police said today.

Family members are going to Mexico to pick up Mariya Mitkova, 27, and Aaron Morganstein, 33, said LAPD spokesman Aareon Jefferson.   Jefferson said the two “are in good health” but had no further details available

Police earlier this week asked the public to help locate Mitkova and Morganstein, who were last seen leaving their home in the 2200 block of Shoredale Avenue, apparently headed to Joshua Tree National Park or the Imperial Sand Dunes. Both were expected back at their jobs Monday, but neither showed up for work, according to a Go Fund Me page. The page also says their last known purchase was at a gas station in Cabazon, Calif.

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  1. Did people just overreact? Or was there foul play here? Hoping you guys update the story.

    • The only good reason I can see for a Wall is to keep stoned millennials from wandering into Mexico and drinking their urine for survival…

  2. Will their friends be returning the $26,000 they’ve collected with their Go Fund Me account?

    • why do you care?

      • If you donated to the Go Fund me account, you might care.

      • When all you’ve done is spend a hundred bucks or so on a tank or two of gas, it seems uncool to keep the over $26,000 that you asked strangers to donate. The main problem is that people will look at cases like this and choose not to fund other potentially more deserving projects. If the missing couple’s friends choose to be greedy and keep the extra money like it is some windfall from the sky – that just ends up delegitimizing all crowdfunding sites.

      • The GoFundMe writers also insulted the authorities who were searching for the couple:

        “Upon realizing that the authorities were about as helpful as a bucket of sand at the beach, we took it upon ourselves to walk away from our personal lives and responisibilities and focus all of our time and effort on finding our friends.”

        In any case, now that the couple has been found, they should return the money – minus $5 for a bottle of strong mouthwash.

      • Masha is no stranger to gofundme. I wonder if this was a scam?

  3. “Missing Los Angeles couple drank their own urine while lost in the desert”


  4. From the parents that spoke with both Masha and Aaron:
    They were at the sand dunes at Osborne Lookout, left their car there on Sunday (their last wifi signal) and went on a day hike to take pictures. They got lost while out on their hike and could see a red light flashing in the distance so they started walking direction. Spent 5 days walking in the desert without food and little water. In order conserve their water they also drank their own urine. They saw helicopters flying, and actually were able to light a fire to get attention but no one was able to see them.

    They walked all the way to the cell tower until they ran into some maintenance workers at the tower who then contacted the Border Patrol. The Border Patrol contacted family and the investigator with LAPD and took them back to their car at Osborne Lookout.

    The Border Patrol guided them back out of the park and they are now headed to meet up with family, friends and the rescue team to celebrate.

  5. Boy, talk about your wrong turns at Albuquerque! (Bugs Bunny reference for those of you who got PBS’d out the Looney Tunes -the greatest cartoon franchise of all time)

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