Family and Dog Mysteriously All Found Dead in Remote Hiking Area of Sierra National Forest

Family and Dog Mysteriously All Found Dead in Remote Hiking Area of Sierra National Forest

good evening authorities and community members are still trying to wrap their heads around this tragedy the mariposa county sheriff tells me there was no signs on scene of blunt force trauma and he’s never seen anything like this in his nearly two decade career i’ve worked in different capacities but i’ve never seen a death like this mariposa county sheriff jeremy breese says his department won’t rest until investigators determine how john jarish ellen chung their one-year-old daughter muji and their dog all died while on a hike on monday a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says the family was reported missing around 11 pm monday night and discovered around 11 a.m tuesday morning sheriff brees says there are some abandoned mine shafts in the area which can release dangerous gases but that has not yet been ruled a determining factor we have not located a mine nearby but in the beginning of the investigation when we put out our release that’s why we are taking it slower methodically for the safety of the rescuers the sheriff also says the trail the family was on had warnings about toxic algal blooms in the merced river but it’s still too early in the investigation to determine if that impacted the family there’s been some speculation and we haven’t confirmed that but there are signage from the forest service regarding a uh algae bloom there’s some signage up there of that that could be poisonous but at this point you know we can’t rule anything out so hello friends welcome to this the latest installment of our national park mystery series in this video we’re examining an incident that’s as horrific and tragic as it is strange and bizarre this recent and developing story out of california seems to defy conventional logic in a very remote area called of all things devil’s gulch in the sierra national forest there’s a strange sight currently something you don’t normally associate with the majestic mountain scenery in overflowing natural resources amidst all this breathtaking scenery you will find crime scene tape and high activity from local law enforcement now while this is hardly a rare occurrence in the overall scheme of things that is seeing law enforcement or search and rescue international park which we know can happen often you’d be hard-pressed to find a story as strange as this one even in the community where we thirst for and perhaps even thrive on the strange and sometimes even the macabre sean garrish ellen chung and their one-year-old daughter miju decided to take their dog with him for a family day hike on monday august 16 2021 spending some time in the fresh air the great outdoors and being together as a family it was important to the couple john software engineer who was originally from the uk met his partner ellen chung who was a yoga instructor until she became pregnant with the couple’s daughter while living in southern california the two got together they decided to move to san francisco after having their daughter though the pair decided to move to the more laid-back mariposa area where they started to build their life together they lived in the area for about 18 months at the time of this incident and hiked this same area numerous times before and it always had a great time all there they just loved the scenic views and little miji’s reaction to the nature and wildlife in the area the particular area where this occurred is known to have amazingly striking wildflower displays in the springtime however by 11 pm monday night august 16 2021 when the couple’s nanny had noticed they never came home she reported this to their house manager who then reported the couple missing though the couple were known to be avid hikers it was very unlike them to go completely off grid for such a long period of time nobody had heard a word from either john or ellen since they decided to go for their day trip in the sierras search teams immediately set out and they found the family vehicle near a sierra national forest gate leading to heights cove near the jerseydale area heights cove is a six and a half mile long trail located near yosemite valley california and is considered to be a moderately trafficked out and back kind of trail lying there in the south fork of the merced river drainage in an area ominously referred to as devil’s gulch and we know in this community that sometimes those places have devil names for a reason either from the native americans or some incident that’s happened there in the past there in devil’s gulch were the bodies of not only the couple and their child but their dog as well right in the middle of the trail the mariposa county sheriff’s office had to call in a hazmat crew considering there are mines in the area but there was no clear cause of death no sign of trauma no wounds a spokesman for the sheriff’s office stated coming across the scene where everyone involved including the family dog that is deceased that is not a typical thing we have seen or other agencies have seen mitchell told the newspaper this is why we’re treating it as a hazmat situation we just don’t know it could be a carbon monoxide situation that’s one of the reasons why we’re treating it this way mitchell added it was also noted that the bodies were found in an area of the park where there was no cell phone service mariposa county sheriff jeremy breese admitted that in his 20 years of law enforcement he had never seen anything like this there he was so remote that the deputies had to hike out to get satellite phone reception which is just almost unheard of the sheriff’s department did tell the media that there were posted signs in the area warning of severe algae bloom outbreaks a case like this where not only the entire family but even the dog is wiped out with no signs at all as to what may have occurred this just doesn’t happen the sheriff goes on to say this is never the outcome we want or the news we want to deliver my heart breaks for this family our sheriff’s chaplains and staff are working with their family and will continue to support them during this heartbreaking time the sheriff said in a news release authorities say there is no obvious trauma and no signs indicating the cause of death so they have brought in the department of justice forensic team to analyze the scene along with lamar air support and the california highway patrol authorities are also performing an autopsy and running tests on the family’s dog the sheriff says i know there’s been some speculation and we haven’t confirmed that but there is signage from the forest service in the area regarding an algae bloom there’s signage there that indicates it could be poisonous but at this point we can’t rule out anything authorities have gone on to say that truly they haven’t ruled out anything including the possibility of foul play unfortunately this is all the information that’s currently available on this case from many many outlets but we will follow this case closely and keep you updated in the meantime keep this young families family and friends in your hearts and prayers this was a real family mother father child dog completely wiped off the face of the earth with no clue as to how i’d love to read your comments on this one but please keep it respectful again this is a real family we’re talking about here and yes sometimes the friends or family of these tragic victims do watch our videos and read the comment section so so please refrain from saying anything that you would want to read if this were your friend or family member being discussed and of course be respectful to the opinions of others take care of yourselves and each other i’ll see you just a little further on down the road i’m steve stockton and i’ll talk to you next time [Music] you
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Family and Dog Mysteriously All Found Dead in Remote Hiking Area of Sierra National Forest

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