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CA trail where family found dead closed due to ‘unknown hazards’


Trails and campgrounds in close proximity to exactly where a California family and their doggy were mysteriously discovered useless have been shut thanks to “unknown hazards,” forest officers reported.

The bodies of Jonathan Gerrish, 45, Ellen Chung, 30, their 1-yr-old daughter, Aurelia Miju Chung-Gerrish, and the family’s pet dog had been observed by a look for and rescue workforce on Aug. 17 in a remote space of the Sierra Nationwide Forest.

Investigators identified no signs of trauma or an noticeable lead to of dying for the family members from Mariposa discovered on the Savage Lundy Path, which was shut down Sunday as a result of Sept. 26, Sierra Nationwide Forest officials said.

“As a precaution and to safeguard the public from unknown dangers in the spot, the SNF resolved to near numerous recreation web pages, roadways and trails along the Merced River and its South Fork until considered protected for public use,” forest officers explained Saturday.

Johnny Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their daughter and their dog mysteriously passed away whilst climbing in the Sierra Nationwide Forest.
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Indicators warning of possibly unsafe algae blooms have been posted in the region given that mid-July, officials stated.

The family’s autopsies and a necropsy on their pet dog, Oksi, were being inconclusive, CNN documented. Toxicology exams continue being pending, even so, and some final results might be available as early as Wednesday, a Mariposa County sheriff’s spokeswoman explained to the community.

A concept looking for supplemental remark was not right away returned.

Sheriff’s officials have claimed they “ruled out” the use of a gun or other weapons and chemical hazards as achievable results in of loss of life, the Fresno Bee described Thursday. All other possible leads to remained a likelihood, sheriff’s officials stated.

Various h2o samples have been taken for testing, the newspaper claimed, citing the algae bloom a couple of miles away from wherever the family was discovered useless a working day soon after a mate claimed them missing.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristie Mitchell stated on Aug. 20 that toxicology checks can consider up to six months and probably lengthier, the Fresno Bee described.

Sierra National Forest issues Forest Order No. 05-15-51-21-18, 
Merced River Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure
The path has been closed due to “unknown hazards.”
U.S. Forest Company – Sierra Nat

A mate of the pair, meanwhile, told CNN they had been portion of an “amazingly loving and doting family” whom he satisfied several years in the past in San Francisco prior to them moving to Mariposa.

“It’s a bewildering event,” Steve Jeffe reported. “There’s some thing so disconcerting about what transpired. No matter whether it was environmental or manmade, it was obviously a thing they encountered.”

Gerrish, a computer software engineer, had previously moved to the US from Lancaster in northwest England, even though Chung was from Orange, California, the Sunlight reported.

A remote canyon area northeast of the town of Mariposa, seen on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, is reported to be the area where a family and their dog were found dead
A distant canyon northeast of the town of Mariposa is reported to be the place where a spouse and children and their doggy were being identified lifeless.
Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via AP



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