Trails and campgrounds near where a California family and their dog were mysteriously found dead have been closed due to “unknown hazards,” forest officials said.
The bodies of Jonathan Gerrish, 45, Ellen Chung, 30, their 1-year-old daughter, Aurelia Miju Chung-Gerrish, and the family’s dog were found by a search and rescue team on Aug. 17 in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest.
Investigators found no signs of trauma or an obvious cause of death for the family from Mariposa discovered on the Savage Lundy Trail, which was shut down Sunday through Sept. 26, Sierra National Forest officials said.
“As a precaution and to protect the public from unknown hazards in the area, the SNF decided to close several recreation sites, roads and trails along the Merced River and its South Fork until deemed safe for public use,” forest officials said Saturday.
Johnny Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their daughter and their dog mysteriously passed away while hiking