Mystery of British family found dead on hiking trail finally solved – .

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Mystery of British family found dead on hiking trail finally solved – .


A UK family mysteriously found dead during a remote hiking trial in California has been killed by hyperthermia and dehydration, cops have confirmed.
Software engineer Jonathan Gerrish, 45, his wife Ellen Chung, 31, and their one-year-old daughter Muji were discovered by teams in an area of ​​the Sierra National Forest known as Devil’s Gulch on August 17.

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Jonathan Gerrish, his wife Ellen Chung and their one-year-old daughter Muji were found dead on a secluded hiking trail in California last monthCredit: ABC
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But today, cops said they died from a likely combination of hyperthermia and dehydrationCredit: Instagram

He puts an end to a two-month investigation into a case hitherto shrouded in mystery.

Authorities were initially confused after the family was discovered, but detectives quickly ruled out a homicide.

However, theories including lightning and poisoning have been posed as a possible explanation for their cause of death.

But now authorities say that – alongside their companion dog – the group were found 1.6 miles from their vehicle in temperatures that could have exceeded 100F (37C).

They added that there was also only one empty water bottle with them, indicating that symptoms of the temperature rise and lack of food likely contributed to their deaths.

According to Healthline, dehydration can cause dizziness caused by fatigue from extreme heat.

Meanwhile, hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by the failure of heat regulating mechanisms.

Both can be fatal.

MYSTERY SOLVED

An initial theory posed by the cops suggested that the group could have been poisoned by toxic materials in the water.

Authorities have confirmed the presence of toxic algae in the Merced River a few kilometers from where the bodies were found.

According to Elizabeth Meyer-Shields of the Bureau of Land Management, poisonous flowers were able to produce toxins that can make people and animals extremely sick.

At the time, local reports claimed investigators were looking to see if the family may have been drinking water from the river – but no evidence was found.

Days later, police confirmed they were investigating possible lightning in the Sierra National Forest area after the bodies showed no signs of trauma.

This was triggered after the death of Fresno hiker Nicholas Torchia, 37, who was killed a few weeks earlier by lightning when thunderstorms hit the forest.

But, following the cops’ conclusion this week, the family thanked the sheriff’s office for “really going the extra mile” in trying to come up with answers.

In a statement released Thursday, they said: “The loss of family is a pain beyond words and when that pain is compacted by the lack of knowledge of their death, the questions of where, why, when and how fill up. emptiness, day and night. ‘

“Some questions have been answered, and we’re going to use that to help us come to terms with that.

“They will stay with us wherever we go, or whatever we do.”

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The group discovered the Sierra National Forest known as Devil’s Gulch on August 17.Credit: AP
Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese described what he believed led to their deaths on Thursday
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Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese described what he believed led to their deaths on ThursdayCredit: AP
The family has since thanked the sheriff's office for 'really going the extra mile' in trying to find answers
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The family has since thanked the sheriff’s office for ‘really going the extra mile’ in trying to find answersCredit: Instagram

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