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Update 11:06 AM PT – Friday, October 22, 2021
Authorities announce the causes of death of families found on hiking trails in Northern California. According to Mariposa County officials, the family probably died of extreme heat stress and dehydration.
“Jonathan Gerish, Ellen Chung, Aurelia’Miju’Chung Gerish’s cause of death was determined to be possible hypothermia and dehydration due to environmental exposure,” said Sheriff Jeremy Breeze of Mariposa County. Announced.
County sheriffs revealed a possible cause of death for the family on Thursday after they and their dogs went hiking on a trail in the western hills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in August. Authorities confirmed that the family was walking in a remote area near the Merced River in the Sierra National Forest, where extreme heat could have reached them.
The couple, their one-year-old daughter, and their dog were found within two miles of their car with an empty water container after a friend reported they were missing. According to experts, temperatures in the area ranged from 107 to 109 degrees Fahrenheit.
Jonathan Gerish, Ellen Chung, Aurelia Miju Chung and her family dog Oski, whose bodies were found on a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California, died of hyperthermia and possible dehydration. Said the county security officer. pic.twitter.com/IInPsjuPBR
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“Once we have established a timeline, we can see the confirmed weather, we can see the terrain, shade and water scarcity, all together, according to pathology and autopsy reports, it was clicked almost together.” Said Briese.
Toxologists and environmental experts were able to rule out the causes of death associated with weapons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, drugs, alcohol, or suicide. Authorities have closed campgrounds and recreation areas near where the family is. It is located on the 2.8-mile Savage Randy Trail, which is said to be the most difficult trail in remote areas.
“This trail in the area is very high and I think the first hike started at 74 degrees. By the time I walked down the road before hitting the trail, it had already jumped to 103, so it certainly fluctuates. I did, “said the sheriff.
Meanwhile, friends and family continued to mourn the loss of their loved ones, leaving a statement to the police.
“Our heart never forgets the beautiful life of Jonathan, Ellen, Miju, and of course Osuki. They will be with us wherever we go and whatever we do.” Said county spokesman Christine Michele.
The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office publishes information on local family death investigations found on hiking trails. https://t.co/goQZBmfxeO pic.twitter.com/KgRNGCrIw7
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A Californian family found dead on a hiking trail and died in extreme heat
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