Sierra National Forest: Family of 3 Found Dead in Remote Hiking Area

Previously on a Monday evening, a Northern California family had been reported missing by one of their family friends. Now, on Tuesday, this family of three was found dead Tuesday along with their dog.

Their body was found on a hiking trail in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest.

Before finding their mortal remains, the search team initiated the search process after locating the family’s vehicle near a gate to the Sierra National Forest.

That’s where, the officials found the dead bodies of three family members identified as John Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju.

Apart from this family of 3, their dog was found dead near Devil’s Gulch in the Southfork of the Merced River.

After discovering the bodies of 3 family members, Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese revealed some key details about the deceased.

Gerrish was an engineer from the United Kingdom, and Chung was from Southern California.

Before moving into the mariposa area, the couple was living in San Francisco. Both, the husband and wife were avid hikers.

Without drawing any conclusion, investigators also noted several signs of algae bloom warnings where the bodies were found. 

Even though there was no visible sign of their death at the crime scene, Investigators are working hard to ensure what factors played a major role in their deaths.

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After a preliminary investigation of the crime scene, Kristie Mitchell (Spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office) had this to say on this incident,

“It could be a carbon monoxide situation. That’s one of the reasons why we’re treating it as a hazmat situation, the sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths along with the California Department of Justice. The remote area where the bodies were found had no cellphone service.

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