The official version of the strange death of the Gerrish family raises many questions

Last Thursday, Mariposa County, California (USA) Sheriff Jeremy Breese called a press conference to announce the official version of the strange death of a family with a small child and a dog that has puzzled many people.

On August 17, 2021, the bodies of Jonathan (John) Gerrish, 45, his wife Ellen Chang, 30, their one-year-old daughter Miju and dog Oski were found dead on a hiking trail in the mountains of California.

No stab wounds or gunshot wounds were found on the victims’ bodies, and an autopsy confirmed no poisoning or death from carbon monoxide. Moreover, the autopsy could not determine the cause of death of these people at all.

From the very beginning, the deaths of the family and the dog raised many questions among both investigators and Internet users, because the whole thing looked very strange and suspicious.

People and animals were lying on the trail next to each other, and it looked like they died at the same time or one after the other.

The family had gone on a weekend hike on a hiking trail near the Merced River in the Sierra National Forest in an area known as Devil’s Gorge. The search for the men began Monday when both failed to show up for work.

Shortly after the search began, the bodies of the men and their dogs were found just 1.6 miles (2.5 km) from their vehicle.

Initially there were reports that police had ruled out a version of the family’s death from extreme heat or lightning, as well as a version of suicide.

However, the conference has now said that the official version is that the entire family (and the dog!?) died of hyperthermia (overheating) and probable dehydration (at the same time?!).

“This is a rare case in Mariposa County,” Sheriff Jeremy Breese told reporters. “This is the first cause of death from hyperthermia that I’ve seen here in 20 years of service.”

The evidence points to a very high temperature of nearly 104°F (40 Celsius) on the day the bodies were found, but a single container of water was found in the family members’ belongings. There was also a bottle of baby formula.

According to the police, the water in these bottles was tested, but there were no toxins in it, and it was found to be clean or tap water. That is, this water was not drawn from the nearest river or stream, as one would expect if the family had actually been suffering from thirst for some time and tried to find water sources in nature.

Many people were surprised by this version and asked even more questions, which is not surprising at all. This official version is simply bewildering. A healthy, young man, his healthy and young wife, his child and his dog all died of dehydration at a temperature of only 40 degrees with a supply of water?!

It is very difficult to imagine that having a supply of water and being very close to a car (a healthy person can walk 1.6 miles (one and a half kilometers!) in only 30 minutes), three people of different ages, weight and height, as well as their dog, can die almost simultaneously from overheating and dehydration.

That’s even harder to imagine, considering that Gerrish and Chang were fairly experienced hikers and were well aware of the dangers of dehydration and other possible problems in the mountains of California.

And if someone had died before anyone else, wouldn’t the remaining family member have called emergency services or the police? After all, they had their working smartphones with them.

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Jenny K

Thank goodness I’m not the only one who didn’t believe the bs story of overheating and dehydration!
My theory, and the only one that makes sense to me, is that they were victims of a new (psychogenic?) weapon being tested. Look at Havana syndrome.
I’m an experienced hiker, as were John and Ellen. This was a small hike. They did not die from dehydration.
I’d like to know the truth!

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