Missing Northern California family of 3 found dead near remote Yosemite hiking area πŸ’₯😭😭πŸ’₯

SAN FRANCISCO β€” A Northern California family of three that had been reported missing was found dead Tuesday along with the family’s dog on a hiking trail in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest, authorities said.

Search teams initially located the family’s vehicle near a gate to the Sierra National Forest and then found the bodies of all three β€” identified as John Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Muji β€” and their dog near an area known as Devil’s Gulch in the Southfork of the Merced River, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office said. A family friend had reported them missing Monday evening.

There was no clear cause of death, prompting authorities to treat the area as a hazmat scene, said Kristie Mitchell, a spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office. β€œIt could be a carbon monoxide situation. That’s one of the reasons why we’re treating it as a hazmat situation,” she said.

Missing Northern California family of 3 found dead near remote Yosemite hiking area

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