Missing California former couple found dead


(NewsNation) — Two people who were reported missing after not coming home from a Nevada music and car show have been found dead, authorities said.

Juan Almanza Zavala, 36, and Janette Pantoja, 29 were coming home from a music and car show in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 6, a local TV station reported. The two, who dated for years and still maintained a good relationship according to their families, were last seen driving a blue Ford Explorer.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a man and a woman were found after a man called 911 saying he spotted a vehicle down an embankment Wednesday night. Both bodies were found outside the car.

“Due to the nature of injuries, the male can only be tentatively identified as 36-year-old Juan Almanza Zavala,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. “The female was confirmed to be 29-year-old Janette Pantoja.”

The car was not visible from the highway. Investigators had been searching rural areas nearby for the last two weeks. California Highway Patrol is conducting a vehicle accident investigation.

Zavala and Pantoja were two active missing person cases in the area. In nearby Truckee, California, 16-year-old Kiely Rodni has been missing for nearly two weeks.

Rodni was reported missing on Aug.6 after attending a senior send-off party with around 300 other high schoolers and young adults near the Prosser Family Campground near Truckee. Authorities say she was last seen in the video wearing a pink and white sweatshirt with the words “odd future ” on it. Investigators are asking the public to come forward with any information, and the reward for that case is now up to $75,000.

Authorities said they are not linking the cases together.

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