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Sheriff: Family died from hyperthermia, possible dehydration while hiking Mariposa County trail – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-10-21 19:19:05 –

Mariposa County, California (KFSN)-A family in Central California, who died on a hiking trail in August, died of hyperthermia and the possibility of dehydration, the Mariposa County Security Officer’s Office announced Thursday.

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Breeze said the family was hiking in the Devil’s Gulch Valley. The trails were steep and the temperatures were warmer than expected unless hikers were accustomed to it.

According to Sheriff Breeze, 45-year-old Jonathan Gerish planned a height cove trail in a mobile phone app, but the program didn’t show the altitude of the trail.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw a family truck heading for the trail around 8 am on August 15. The temperature at that time was 75 degrees at an altitude of about 3,800 feet.

The family walked about 2.2 miles on the trail to reach an altitude of about 1,900 feet, and temperatures jumped from 92 degrees to 99 degrees.

After a short walk, the temperature in the area exceeded 100 degrees Celsius and was completely exposed to the sun. Sheriffs said the Ferguson fire burned trees in the area in 2018.

They achieved it about two miles. Their bodies were found about 1.5 miles from the vehicle.

Related: More causes of death were ruled out if the Mariposa family was found dead on a hiking trail

Sheriff Breeze says Jerish, 30-year-old Ellen Chung, and their 1-year-old child died of hyperthermia and possibly dehydration. Hyperthermia is when the body begins to stop functioning by generating more heat than the body can release.
He added that heat-related illnesses are time-consuming to investigate and difficult to determine.

The cause of death in dogs has not yet been identified, but officials say dog ​​death is probably related to fever.

Authorities say they had one 85-ounce water container. It was empty and they had no other water.

Water samples in this area were collected as part of a sheriff’s office investigation. As a result, a toxin was found in the water, but researchers do not believe that the family ingested it.

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