California family found on hiking trail died of hyperthermia and dehydration

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California families whose bodies were found on a remote hiking trail in the Sierra National Forest in August died of hyperthermia and dehydration, it has been learned.

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Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Jeremy Bryce announced the cause of death at a news conference Thursday afternoon, including Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their one-year-old daughter Aurelia Mizu Chung-Gerish and their pet dog Oski.

Bryce said Gerrish planned a route on a hiking app along the Haight Cove Trail on August 14, and the family set out on the route the next morning.


The family went missing in August while hiking along a trail near the Merced River and were reported missing by a friend.

Their bodies were discovered on August 17 along the Savage-Lundy Trail at Devil’s Gulch near Heights Cove.

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The case baffled the authorities for the next two months, and the cause of his death remained a mystery.

Several causes of death were previously ruled out during the investigation, including: suicide, gun or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, lightning, extreme heat and exposure to cyanide, carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide. .


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