H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Jun 14, 2013 1:49 AM by Victoria Johnson

Bodies of two campers found

A camp host found the bodies of two campers Thursday in a secluded campground in the Los Padres National Forest.

Quiet and secluded, La Panza Campground is a tucked away spot in the Los Padres National Forest. Two campers turned off Highway 58 at Red Hill Road and drove nearly five miles on a bumpy, dirt road to set up their site almost two weeks ago.

"My understanding is the camp host of the campground discovered the bodies. He had last seen them six or seven days ago. When he went to check on them today, he discovered them about two this afternoon," said Tony Cipolla, Public Information Officer for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

The bodies were found in a tent, parked next to a Toyota minivan. The bodies were so badly decomposed, investigators wore hazmat suits. They say they weren't immediately able to tell who the victims are or their age. Investigators from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE are working to piece this case together with the assistance from the coroner's office. A portion of the La Panza Campground was temporarily shut down. They'll tow the mini-van away and comb through it for evidence.

Investigators were at the scene Thursday afternoon, collecting evidence and looking for clues to determine the cause and manner of death. Investigators say they have no reason to suspect foul play in the deaths.

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