Ellen Chung Wiki – Ellen Chung Biography
Ellen Chung, her husband Jonathan Gerrish and their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, were found dead on a hiking trail near Yosemite National Park. It is deepening after autopsies yielded no immediate clues as to what caused their deaths.
According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies of the family were found by search and rescue workers Tuesday in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest near the south fork of the Merced River.
Chung was 31 and her husband was 45 years old.
They had been reported missing on Monday night.
Jonathan, originally from Lancashire and had worked for Google and Snapchat, was out on Sunday with his family for what was supposed to be a day hike.
But when their nanny arrived at the family home to look after little Miju, no one answered the door, and friends became worried.
On Monday, they were reported missing by a relative, and authorities found the family’s car near the Sierra National forest gate the same day.
Family Found Dead
On Tuesday evening, their bodies were located two miles from their car in an area with no phone reception.
Close pal Steve Jaffe described the mysterious deaths as “freaky and strange”.
“You had to figure it wasn’t an overnight hike because it’s been hot, and they had the baby with them,” he told the Mirror.
“Jon was supposed to work Monday and never showed up. That raised more concerns.”
“They were beloved by the people. A super generous, sweet and loving couple that was devoted to their daughter.
“It’s just a tragedy. You have people who pass away and die. And that’s always sad.
“This one is just so freaky and strange, and it’s sad. They had so much going for them.”
Following the discovery of the bodies, cops could not initially rule out carbon monoxide emitted from old mines as the cause of death.
But Sherriff Briese said detectives couldn’t find any disused shafts in the area.
“We have not found any old mine shafts near the area,” he said.
“There are some mine shafts, but we can’t confirm if that’s the cause yet.”
xInvestigators are still considering various possible causes, from toxic algae reported in the nearby Merced River to harmful gases from abandoned mines near the trail, sheriff’s spokesperson Kristie Mitchell told CNN.