The 47 year old went missing back in July while on a tour of the Morongo Basin Area with John Fitzpatrick, a man she met online.
Fitzpatrick’s body was found in the State Park back in September. His body was found in Harper Canyon, located in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, south of State Route 78. His truck was parked nearby.
A second set of remains, which were later identified as belonging to Fang Jin, were found in the same park on October 28, 2023. No further details have been released at this time.
The Disappearance of Fang Jin
47 year old Fang Jin disappeared in July 2023 after going on a road trip with a man she met online.
In 2023, Jin began corresponding online with 52-year-old John Root Fitzpatrick from Morongo Valley, California, who offered to take her on a tour of the Morongo Basin area.
On July 14, 2023, Fang Jin flew from China to Los Angeles, California to meet John Root Fitzpatrick after six months of correspondence online. She spent a night at Freehand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles before taking a train to Palm Springs the next day.
Prior to her trip, Jin ordered a background report into Fitzpatrick to verify the man’s identity, military service, and employment record. She agreed to stay in touch with a friend every other day during her stay.
On July 15, 2023, Jin was picked up by Fitzpatrick at a bus stop near Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs, and the pair stayed the night at his trailer home in Morongo Valley.
Over the next five days, Jin and Fitzpatrick visited Joshua Tree National Park, hiking and camping in the area. Jin stayed in contact with family and friends during this time by cell phone and social media.
On July 21, 2023, Jin was last heard from during a phone call with her friend, saying that she was back from Joshua Tree National Park and was about to go camping again in “a small town in the desert” in the Morongo Basin Area.
Fang Jin stopped contacting her friends and family after that day and has never been heard from again.
On July 26, 2023, her friend filed a missing person’s report with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department when she couldn’t get in contact with her.
Jin’s daughter has stated that her mother had booked a return flight in October, and that she was not intending to stay in the United States.
Jin’s bank account has had no activity since July 21st and her cell phone stopped being in service on July 25th.
On July 22, 2023, Fitzpatrick’s vehicle, a blue Toyota Tacoma truck with the California license #24478S1, was captured on camera in Thermal, California. His cell phone last pinged to a cell tower in Julian on July 27th.
On July 30, 2023, John Root Fitzpatrick was subsequently reported missing by a friend to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
Body of John Fitzpatrick Found
On October 11, 2023, The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department confirmed that John Fitzpatrick’s body was found in September.
His body was found in Harper Canyon, located in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, south of State Route 78. His truck was parked nearby.
No further details have been released. Fang Jin remains missing.
Remains of Fang Jin Found in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Another set of human remains was found in the Anza-Borrego desert on October 28, 2023. The remains were later identified as belonging to Jin.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Fang Jin please contact the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Agency Case Number: 092301014