A look at 2017's biggest local stories

2017 Year in Review

21-year-old Joseph Orbeso and 20-year-old Rachel Nguyen, disappeared in the Maze Loop area of Joshua Tree National Park on July 27th. 

A News Channel 3 I-Team Investigation searched for answers.

The two were finally found dead October  in a remote region of the Park, authorities revealing a murder-suicide.

Read: I-Team: U.S. Marshals join search for missing couple in Joshua Tree

Read: I-Team: Missing hiker's father continues search for son

Read: Joshua Tree hikers died in murder-suicide, officials say

Read: Joshua Tree hiker's father says shootings due to "desperate situation"

Another couple, 26-year-old Audrey Moran and 28-year-old Jonathan Reynoso, vanished May 10. Moran's SUV was later found parked along Interstate 10 in Beaumont.

The I-Team learned about search warrants served in the weeks following.

Read: I-Team uncovers new details in the six-month disappearance of local couple

Read: Search for missing Coachella Valley couple now in sixth month

This case remains unsolved. 

In February, a bombshell announcement from the District Attorney, criminal charges filed against former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and two developers tied to downtown projects.

Read: The Rise and Fall of Former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet

View: Interactive Timeline of the Scandal at City Hall

John Wessman and Richard Meany.  The corruption and bribery charges.. Stemming from an fbi raid at city hall. In September 2015.  All three have pleaded not guilty.. And the case is moving forward. 

Check out all out Scandal at City Hall stories

Some of this year's other big stories include:

Amber Alert Update: Children found safe inside stolen car

Las Vegas shooting victims include Riverside Co. Sheriff's deputies, Indio teacher

Veteran firefighter loses cancer battle

Suspect accused of shooting deputy arrested in Mexicali

Solar Eclipse 2017

Downtown Palm Springs celebrating new additions, improvements


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