Snapchat engineer and wife tried to save their baby who died first on remote ...

Snapchat engineer and wife tried to save their baby who died first on remote ...
Snapchat engineer and wife tried to save their baby who died first on remote ...

A British Snapchat engineer and his wife tried to save their baby daughter, who died of hyperthermia and probable dehydration, before they succumbed to high heat while on a remote California hiking trail hike last summer, according to a recent investigation. 

Jonathan Gerrish, 45, Ellen Chung, 31, and their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and dog, Oski, all died in the 100F heat, investigators had concluded after the tragic family was discovered in August.

A survival trainer involved with the case wrote an email to detectives that the young couple likely died while attempting to save their infant daughter.

'Sadly, I believe they were caught off guard, and once they realized their situation, they died trying to save their child and each other,' the unidentified trainer wrote. 

'It is likely the child began to succumb first, which hurried the parents' efforts up the hill. When one could no longer continue, they stayed behind to care for the child and pet, while the other tried to forge on and get help for their loved ones. It is a tragedy of the highest order.' 

The deaths of Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung and their one year old daughter Muji, pictured, were initially treated like a hazmat situation because of the strange circumstances

The deaths of Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung and their one year old daughter Muji, pictured, were initially treated like a hazmat situation because of the strange circumstances

A survival trainer involved with the case wrote an email to detectives stating that the young couple, pictured, likely died while attempting to save their infant daughter

A survival trainer involved with the case wrote an email to detectives stating that the young couple, pictured, likely died while attempting to save their infant daughter

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese, pictured, points to a map to show where a missing family was found dead during a news conference in Mariposa, California on October 21, 2021

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese, pictured, points to a map to show where a missing family was found dead during a news conference in Mariposa, California on October 21, 2021

Since August, Mariposa County investigators had poured through algae-ridden water, long-lost mines that are known to emit toxic gas, as well as scouring for evidence of lightning strikes and poisonous vegetation, all in an effort to determine the cause behind the young family's mysterious deaths. 

But on Friday, investigators revealed that high temperatures, coupled with rigorous terrain and lack of shade and water ultimately led to the their passing, according to a 77-page report obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.   

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese held a news conference in October to announce that the husband and wife and their daughter died of hyperthermia and probable dehydration. 

The Northern California family went hiking on a remote trail close to the Merced River in the Sierra National Forest, where they were found dead August 17 after a family friend reported them missing.

The family were found 1.6 miles from their vehicle in temperatures of up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The Northern California family went hiking on a remote trail close to the Merced River in the Sierra National Forest, where they were found dead August 17

The Northern California family went hiking on a remote trail close to the Merced River in the Sierra National Forest, where they were found dead August 17 

Briese showed footage, pictured, of the 'rugged terrain' where the family were found

Briese showed footage, pictured, of the 'rugged terrain' where the family were found

There was one 85-ounce Camelbak bladder for water with them, which was empty. There were no other water containers with them, Briese said. 

'The loss of the family is pain beyond words,' relatives said in a statement.

'When that pain is compacted by lack of knowledge about their death, the questions of where, why, when and how fill the void, day and night.' 

They thanked the sheriff's office for having 'truly gone the extra mile' in trying to find answers. 

'Some questions have been answered, and we will use this to help us come to terms with this.

'They will remain with us wherever we go, or whatever we do.

'In the future when we sit beneath the trees, hearing the wind soar beneath the branches, we will think of them and we will remember.' 

The bodies of the family of three and their pet were found on the Savage Lundy Trail, 1.6 miles from their parked truck

The bodies of the family of three and their pet were found on the Savage Lundy Trail, 1.6 miles from their parked truck

Briese said that dehydration can cause dizziness and

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