AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Coroner’s officials were expected to identify the remains in a few days, Quinata said. Day and Allen were visiting the desert east of Los Angeles for a convention when they wandered off a mountain trail during a two-hour stop with other tourists. Prepared for a brief hike, they wore light windbreakers and tennis shoes and had no food, spare clothing or cell phones. When they came across the deserted campsite, they found identification showing the camper was Donovan, a 60-year-old retired social worker and experienced hiker. The items he had left behind included a warm sweater, dry socks and matches that the couple used to light a signal fire. They were rescued after the flames from the fire were seen from a helicopter. “Even in his death, he was helping people,” Donovan’s longtime friend, Chris Hook, of Richmond, Va., said at the time. PALM SPRINGS – Deputies searching an area where two lost hikers were found last month discovered remains they believe may be those of a missing man whose abandoned supplies helped save the couple. Brandon Day, 28, and Gina Allen, 24, of Dallas were found last month after spending three nights in the rugged San Jacinto wilderness. The third night they came across a backpack of supplies at the deserted campsite of John Donovan, a Virginia man who vanished while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in May 2005. Deputies returned Sunday by helicopter to the desolate area, where they found the remains. “It gave us the location because the backpack belonged to the missing hiker,” Sgt. Earl Quinata said Monday. “It gave us a better location to begin a search.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!