Campers drink their own urine to stay alive after getting lost in desert


Aaron Morganstein and Mariya Mitkova 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Two people of California, got lost in the desert after getting out of their car to take pictures, according to police.

33-year-old Aaron Morganstein and 27-year-old Mariya Mitkova left their home in Los Angeles, around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

They told family members that they were heading to the Joshua Tree National Park or the Imperial Sand Dunes.

When the two did not return to their home in the 2200 block of Shoredale Avenue near Elysian Park, their family members filed a missing person's report and organized a search.

A $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to their whereabouts. They were located near the U.S. Mexican border on Friday.

Both were in good health.

Morganstein and Mitkova told police that they were at the Imperial Sand Dunes on Sunday, when they left their car to take photos.

They then got lost and spent five days walking in the desert.

They had no food and little water. They survived by drinking their own urine.

During the five days, the couple saw helicopters and tried to make a fire to get the attention of the pilots, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

On Friday, the couple found a cell tower and bumped into two people, who helped them notify the U.S. Border Patrol.