Cause of death for California family on a hike heat-related, possible dehydration

The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office ruled the cause of death was hyperthermia.

10/22/2021 7:02:00 PM

Police said that the family was found with a nearly empty 85-ounce water bladder backpack and no other water source.

The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office ruled the cause of death was hyperthermia.

California family’s death ruled as heat-related while hikingThe Mariposa County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that the death of a California couple who was hiking with their 1-year-old child and dog, was caused by hyperthermia and possible dehydration.

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Courtesy Steven JeffeThe Mariposa County Sheriff's Office ruled the cause of death was hyperthermia, due to environmental heat exposure, and possible dehydration, of the Northern California family who died while hiking this summer.This update comes after almost three months after the bodies of John Gerrish, his wife, Ellen Chung, along with their 1-year-old daughter Muji and their family dog were found near the Merced River in the Sierra National Forest on Aug. 17.

Courtesy Steven JeffeJohn Gerrish (45), Ellen Chung (31), and Muji Chung Gerrish (1) pictured.Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said during a Thursday press conference that the family set off on a hike on Aug. 15 when the temperature was comfortably in the 70s, but as they continued to hike, temperatures rose into the 107 - 109 degree heat range. headtopics.com

"This section of the trail [where the family was found] is a South to South-East facing slope, exposing the trail to constant sunlight," Briese said during the press conference."There's very little shade along the section of the trail due to the Ferguson Fire of 2018."

MORE: Oregon's heat wave death toll reaches 107 in 'mass casualty' eventPolice added that the family was found with a nearly empty 85-ounce water bladder backpack and no other water source.Hyperthermia is sustaining an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of regulating heat coming from the environment, according to the National Institute of Health.

The family was reported missing to the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 16 by a babysitter. Read more: ABC News »

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Something still confuses me. Hiking takes preparation and planning. And having a baby with you, water is essential. Something is not quit right. No other water source? What about the river they were hiking next to? That's less than a gallon. Wow.

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