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Mystery as Brit found dead alongside wife, daughter, 1, and dog on hiking trail

Google engineer Jonathan Gerrish, 45, his wife Ellen Chung, 31, and their one-year-old daughter, Muji, were all found near an area known as Devil’s Gulch in the Southfork of the Merced River, northern California

Jonathan Gerrish, his partner Ellen Chung and their one-year-old daughter

A British man and his entire family including their dog have been found dead in mysterious circumstances on a US hiking trail.

Google engineer Jonathan Gerrish, 45, his wife Ellen Chung, 31, and their one-year-old daughter, Muji, were all discovered by rescue teams on Tuesday.

Their lifeless bodies were found near an area known as Devil’s Gulch in the Southfork of the Merced River, northern California.

A spokesperson for the local sheriff’s office confirmed the family of three and their pet were found out on a hiking trail, not in a tent.

Because of mines in the area and as there is no clear indication of the cause of death, the scene is being treated as a hazmat scene for the safety of everyone responding, said Deputy Kristie Mitchell.



Jonathan Gerrish and his family were found dead on a US hiking trail




“Coming across a scene where everyone involved, including the family dog that is deceased, that is not a typical thing that we have seen or other agencies have seen,” she said.

The officer could not rule out carbon monoxide as the cause of death.

“That is why we’re treating it as a hazmat situation. We just don’t know,” she added.

“That’s one of many the explanation why we’re treating it as a hazmat state of affairs.”



Jonathan Gerrish and his family were all discovered by rescue teams on Tuesday




In 2013, two gold and silver miners died in Colorado after being uncovered to deadly ranges of carbon monoxide, and 19 others fell sick.

Mitchell said the area where the bodies were found is so remote, sheriffs had to hike out to establish a phone connection.

The three went missing on Saturday before their car was found near the Sierra National forest gate on Monday.

The scene “does not indicate a clear picture of what occurred or a clear cause of death,” Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

“This is never the outcome we want or the news we want to deliver, my heart breaks for their family,” Sheriff Jeremy Briese said.

“Our Sheriff’s Chaplains and staff are working with their family and will continue to support them during this heartbreaking time.”

Mr Gerrish was originally from Lancaster, Lancashire, going on to study at Newcastle University before working in London.

The couple lived in San Francisco but recently moved to Mariposa.

Chung was from Orange, California, but was of Korean descent.











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