家人在优胜美地附近的远足径上被发现死亡. Authorities don't know what happened

马里波萨县当局, 加利福尼亚州, 正在试图确定为什么一个三口之家和他们的狗在优胜美地国家公园附近的塞拉国家森林的偏远远足径上死亡.

Search and rescue workers found the bodies of John Gerrish, 钟爱伦, their one-year-old daughter, 米珠, and the family dog on Tuesday near the Devil’s Gulch area in the Southfork of the Merced River drainage, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
They had been reported missing on Monday night.
      There were no immediate signs of trauma to the family members, no suicide notes, or any other clear indications of what caused their deaths, Mariposa County Sheriff public information officer Kristie Mitchell told CNN.
        First responders initially treated the area as a possible hazmat scene because of concerns that carbon monoxide from nearby mines could have poisoned the family.
          上个月, 的 US Forest Service warned that toxic algae had been discovered in the Merced River and urged people not to swim, wade or allow their pets to drink the water.
          The bodies have been recovered and are being autopsied, but Mitchell said they will likely have to wait for toxicology resultswhich could take weeksto determine the cause of death.
          This is just a tragic, frustrating case for us,” said Mitchell. “It will probably be a long, tedious investigation.
          The family’s bodies were found on the Savage-Lundy Trail, which is popular in the spring because of its colorful wildflower blooms. Mitchell said it is very hot at this time of year and there is little shade.
          She said the family was well prepared for a day hike.
            There is no cell service in the area, so search and rescue crews had to rely on satellite phones for communication.
            This is never the outcome we want or the news we want to deliver, my heart breaks for their family. Our Sheriff’s Chaplains and staff are working with their family and will continue to support them during this heartbreaking time,” said Sheriff Jeremy Briese in a statement.

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