Two bodies found in Chaves County, New Mexico, are believed to be the missing elderly couple from Bovina, a city in Texas.
The couple Rosendo Lara, 81 and Hortencia Lara, 84 had been missing for weeks and were last seen alive in Bovina on Jan. 19, according to CBS affiliate KLBK.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, a local rancher contacted authorities when he found the elderly pair on a ranch road in the Eastern part of Chaves County.
They were found in a very remote area, NBC affiliate KXAN reported.
At the scene, a vehicle was also discovered near the couple and is believed to be their missing vehicle, according to the Bovina Police Department.
“The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office advised that no obvious signs of foul play were found at this time,” a Tuesday statement said. “It is suspected that exposure is most likely the cause of death.”
It’s unclear as of writing what exact “exposure” caused the deaths, but it is commonly used to refer to extreme temperatures.
Officials said the bodies seemed to have been dead for a few days already, News Channel 10 reported. An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is pending.
Last month the family of the elderly couple was still hoping to find them.
“When we go to bed at night, that’s the hardest thing for us to do. I mean not knowing where my parents are at, them being so old, you know, that’s when we break down basically,” their son Ezequiel Lara told News Channel 10.
“Every night we make a prayer and put my mom and dad in the Lord’s hands because if they’re out there, we want them back home,” he said.
According to KXAN, the couple had been in a Silver Alert notification. Extensive searches and social media efforts to find the pair had also taken place.