The Sierra National Forest announced the closure of its recreation site, Merced River Road and Trail and other nearby areas due to ‘unknown risks’ after a family of three and their dog were found dead in the area for undetermined causes.
“As a precaution and to protect the public from unknown hazards in the area, the SNF has decided to close several recreation sites, roads and trails along the Merced River and its South Fork, until they be deemed safe for public use,” the Sierra National Forest said. said in a Press release.
In Augusta Californian family — John Gerrish, Ellen Chung and their one-year-old daughter Miju and their dog were found in a remote area near Devil’s Gulch. There were no signs of foul play and the scene was initially treated as a hazmat scene as there were no clear causes of death.
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According to CNN, the autopsies and the autopsy of the dog were inconclusive. The medical examiner’s office is still waiting for toxicology reports.
The Sierra National Forest has had tOxic algae bloom warnings have been posted near where the family has been found since mid-July.
“We know John and Ellen’s family and friends are in desperate need of answers, our team of detectives are working around the clock,” Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said. noted. “Cases like this require us to be methodical and thorough while calling on all the resources we can find to help us get those answers to them as quickly as possible.”
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