California parents who died on hike attempt to save child: report

(Nation Now) – A new report has revealed that two California parents likely died trying to save their baby from the extreme heat while the family hiked the Sierra National Forest.

The family were found dead after they went missing on the hike in August. Some have speculated that a toxic algal bloom may have killed them, but this fall investigators decided they were all dead from hyperthermia.

The new findings, first reported by the Chronicle of San Francisco then obtained by NewsNation, reveal that the baby probably died first and that the parents made several attempts to help their child which were unsuccessful.

John Gerrish, 45; Ellen Chung, 31; Miju Gerrish, 1; and the family dog ​​were found dead on August 15.

The report says authorities first located the bodies of Gerrish, the baby and the dog. The mother was lying about 13 feet higher, apparently trying to climb the hill for help.

Authorities wrote that the family had likely been caught off guard as they overestimated their water supply for their hike.

On the morning of the hike the temperature was 76 degrees but swelled to 109 degrees later in the day. Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said they only had a “small amount” of infant formula and a few snacks.

A doctor told investigators the “clock was ticking” when the family began the hike, according to the new report. No toxins were ever found in their drinking water and the police found no evidence of foul play.

The family had a cell phone but there was no cell service. However, the authorities were unable to access the phone.