Family Died From Extreme Heat in Sierra National Forest, Police Say

Family Died From Extreme Heat in Sierra National Forest, Police Say

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Family Died From Extreme Heat in Sierra National Forest, Police Say

The authorities pointed to the 109-degree heat and a lack of water as the causes of deaths for Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog.

The cause of death for Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, Aurelia Miju Chung-Gerrish has been determined as hypothermia and probable dehydration due to the environmental exposure. Oski, the dog’s cause of death remains undetermined. Jonathan and Ellen, Miju and Oski then began the steep incline of the Savage Lundy Trail. This section of the trail is a south to southeast facing slope, exposing the trail to constant sunlight. There’s very little shade along the section of the trail due to the Ferguson Fire of 2018. The temperatures along this section of the trail were between 107 and 109 degrees from the time of 12:50 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

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