SILVER CITY N.M.(AP) - Authorities say two Silver City residents died while attempting to cross a creek in the southwestern New Mexico city.
Silver City officials say 47-year-old James Morales and 57-year-old Laura Ortega were found dead Saturday in an arroyo east of the crossing where they attempted to cross.
The Silver City Sun-News reports police and firefighters found the bodies while investigating an abandoned car stuck in the San Vicente Arroyo.
Officials discovered the car was owned by Ortega and called her home. Ortega's family told officials she was missing.
Searchers found Morales half a mile south of where the car was located while they were searching for Ortega. Her body was found about three hours later near the Highway 90 S bridge.