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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Augustinus Van Hove, 44, and Helena Nuellet, 38 named as the two tourist who died from heat stroke after getting out of car to get help in California

A Dutch music promoter and his German girlfriend died from heat stroke after apparently getting out of their car in the California desert to go for help.

Augustinus Van Hove, 44, and Helena Nuellet, 38, drove into Joshua Tree National Park before noon on Monday and took a remote, dirt road to head towards Arizona, according to police.

Nearly seven hours later, a couple visiting the park found Mr Van Hove's body on the edge of Black Eagle Mine Road.

Sheriff's deputies later found Ms Neullet's body around a mile away from her boyfriend, who was the director of 013 - a popular concert venue in the Netherlands.

The black Dodge Charger they were renting was found stranded around five miles away on the same road.

Temperatures during the day in the park topped 41 Celsius.

The road had signs warning drivers that it should only be for four-wheel-drive vehicles because they may run into soft sand, park spokesman Joe Zarki said.

He said it was possible the couple was trying to walk for help.

While an autopsy hasn't been completed, Riverside County Sheriff's Captain Raymond Gregory said evidence indicated the couple 'both succumbed due to exposure to the elements'.

Mr Zarki said: 'It doesn't take long to go from being in trouble to being in a life-threatening situation.

'Heat exhaustion or heat stroke could happen very quickly, you brain and body malfunctions seriously.'

Joshua Tree National Park sprawls over more than 1,200 square miles of the rugged Colorado and Mojave deserts. It attracts around 1.4million visitors a year. Read More