Authorities will today attempt to pull two bodies from a car that plunged off a cliff more than a month ago in the Central California mountains and became lodged atop boulders in the middle of a dangerous river.
Officials said they believe the two dead were vacationing exchange students from Thailand.
Thiwadee Saengsuriyarit, 24, and her male friend Pakapol Chairatnathrongporn, 28, had been enrolled at the University of South Florida.
Authorities used aerial images to spot the bodies inside the car, but await autopsies to confirm their identities.
The slow pace to launch the recovery had prompted emotional pleas to Fresno County authorities from relatives traveling in from Asia wishing to take the remains home.
But only now has the river - with thundering rapids fed by massive amounts of snowmelt high in the Sierra Nevada - calmed enough to make conditions safe