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Rental car found in Kings River belonged to missing Thai students

The Thai Consulate traveled to the crash site with CHP. (Photo Courtesy Thai Consulate)

UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol has confirmed there are two people inside the car that was found some 500 feet down a cliff in Kings Canyon National Park on Friday.

Crews are now trying to figure out the safest method to get to the two people.

The CHP says the identity of the two crash victims is still unknown at this time.

Original Story:

The search for two missing Thai students has taken a sad turn after their rental car was found at a crash site in Kings Canyon National Park.

The California Highway Patrol confirms a car crashed through the guardrail, driving over a cliff and into the upper Kings River some 500 feet below.

Fresno County Search and Rescue have been unable to recover the car because of the location and because the water is very high and moving very fast.

According to CHP, an officer was on routine patrol and came across of wrecked guardrail and saw the partially submerged vehicle in the river above Hume Lake.

The CHP helicopter flew over the river but could not see anybody in the car.

Crews do not know if the missing man or woman are still in the vehicle, or if they made it out and were swept away.

The Thai students were attending classes at University of Southern Florida and were visiting California.

The Thai Consulate traveled to the crash site with CHP and posted their findings to Facebook.


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