SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A soon-to-be married couple reported missing when they didn’t return to their jobs as camp counselors were found shot to death on a beach, apparently in their sleep, authorities said.

The bodies of Lindsay Cutshall, 23, of Ohio, and Jason Allen, 26, of Michigan, were discovered in sleeping bags by sheriff’s deputies who were rescuing a stranded hiker. “They were shot in the head, presumably in their sleep because there was no disturbance at their camp site,” Lt. Dave Edmonds said. The victims had valuables nearby that weren’t taken, Edmonds said.

Police believe the couple had been camping in the Jenner area, about 75 miles up the coast from San Francisco, since Saturday. Authorities do not know when the couple was killed. Autopsies were planned for Friday. The two were spending the summer working at Rock-N-Water, a Christian adventure camp in Coloma, in the Sierra foothills about 50 miles east of Sacramento.

They were reported missing Monday after they didn’t return to camp. They were last seen Friday when they said they were going to visit friends and would get back on Sunday, sheriff’s officials said. Authorities said the two bodies appeared to have been on the beach for more than 24 hours.

when they were spotted by a helicopter crew sent to rescue a 17-year-old boy who had fallen about 50 feet while trying to retrieve a purse his girlfriend dropped.

The hiker, who was clinging to a rocky cliff when rescuers arrived, was pulled up by a paramedic attached to the helicopter by a 100-foot rope.

AP-ES-08-20-04 0545EDT

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