Former San Francisco couple and one-year-old child found dead in Sierra National Forest


A Northern California family was found dead after a 12-hour search conducted by local sheriffs.

John Gerrish, Ellen Chung and their one-year-old daughter Miju – as well as their family dog ​​- were found dead in the Devil’s Gulch area at the fork south of the Merced River in the Sierra National Forest, per Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of the family’s death remains unclear, as the sheriff’s office reported that “information about the current scene does not indicate a clear picture” of what happened.

The California Department of Justice and sheriff’s office workers are investigating the deaths. Their death is being handled as a hazmat and coroner investigation.


The couple was first reported missing late Monday night by a family friend, and their latest correspondence was a photo of a baby backpack sent early Sunday morning, according to KMPH in Fresno.

The vehicle, a Ford truck, was found near the Sierra National Forest gate leading to Hites Cove, the sheriff’s office said.

Mariposa County Rep. Kristie Mitchell told Fresno Bee that they found their bodies in an area far away, far enough away that officials had to “travel to establish satellite phone connections.”

For every KMPH in Fresno, the family was originally from San Francisco before moving to Mariposa, a small town near Yosemite National Park.

“This is never the outcome we want or the news we want to deliver, my heart breaking for families,” Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said in a statement. Our Sheriff chaplains and staff are working with their families and will continue to support them during this very broken time. ”

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