Neither the age nor the sex of the people whose bodies were found were immediately known, Ms. Rodriguez said. The cause and manner of death were also still under investigation, and it was unclear how long the people had been dead.
Detectives did not release information about the call for the wellness check that had led them to the bodies, nor have they said what condition the bodies were found in.
“I don’t have enough info even to speculate,” said Gloria Huerta, another Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.
Members of the Sheriff Department’s Special Investigations Division are assisting with the case.
Asked whether bodies had been found in the desert before, Ms. Huerta said: “I know that we’ve had cases before just because we have a large desert area. To this magnitude, I can’t remember.
“I’ve been with the department for 25 years, and I haven’t seen that,” she continued. “But it is a pretty large, desolate desert area. There’s no buildings, that I saw. No businesses or anything like that. So, that’s the best I could describe it. It’s just an open area.”