CA - Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, daughter, 1 & dog, suspicious death hiking area, Aug 2021 #4

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  1. rosesfromangels

    rosesfromangels Amateur speculations and opinion only

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    Good post; spot on.
    Has anyone found any main stream media info that quotes any credible witness talking about the days/day leading up to the hike? I'm interested in learning more about their lives, and frame of mind. Were things stable? Did they have work or money woes, that sort of thing. Since this remains an unexplained death, I think those possibilities need to be explored.

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  2. Newsjunkiejen

    Newsjunkiejen Well-Known Member

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    Just a hypothetical question, but was Jonathan's line of work one that could potentially put him at risk? Was he dealing with sensitive data or information?

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  3. Parsnip

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    From Investigators to search through the phones of couple who died on trail


    “There were no signs of foul play and no traumatic injuries indicated at the scene, where Briese said, Miju was 'in a backpack carrier near the dad, but not on the dad,' and Chung was found about 30 yards away.

    Their dog, Oksi, lay close to the baby.”

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  4. LifeIsAMystery

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    I believe the LE timeline had him researching it again the day before the hike.

    Sequence of Events –

    8/14/2021 – John Gerrish researches Hites Cove hike via phone app

    Mariposa Sheriff’s Office Update on the Gerrish – Chung Family | Sierra News Online
     
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  7. armchairagatha

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    Snipped from the article below: "
    Gerrish and Chung were last heard from early Sunday, when they uploaded a photo of a backpack. Rosanna Heaslett, the family friend, said they hiked on weekends."
    Investigators hope phones of family found dead on hiking trail might solve 'baffling' mystery | Daily Mail Online
     
  8. Parsnip

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    And here is a link to the Fox article referenced by The Daily Mail:

    Entire family reported missing, later found dead in Mariposa County

    From that article:
    ‘The last contact was a photo they uploaded Sunday at 6:45 a.m. of the baby backpack they take with them.”
     
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    It was described as a 20 minute drive from their home to the trailhead. It is not clear to me that anyone knew of their specific hiking plans. they were reported missing after the nanny contacted their house manager and a deputy happened to check the trailhead closest to where they had recently bought a house. So, close being relative, not sure anyone knew where to go to "check." They likely did not hike that trail regularly, no locals did in the summer and he had looked it up the day before.
     
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    rosesfromangels Amateur speculations and opinion only

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    I would say no, with a caveat. He was a software developer, and should have been removed from most concerns, except to bug fix things as needed, and enhance the product. There would be other people responsible for data concerns, if any.

    The caveat is that products of this nature can have bad actors misuse them. As such, companies work in cooperation with LE to report anything they come across that might appear unlawful, with the aide of their legal team for guidance. Again, as a developer, it is unlikely he was directly involved in any of that, IWT.
    So no.

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  11. armchairagatha

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    The above article link I posted says "backpack" and not "baby carrier" so it is possible that the camelback(?) backpack with 3 liters or so max capacity water bottle was the one they posted. Regardless, it appears there are news articles referencing an upload of a photo of a backpack of some sort on Sunday morning before the hike that their friends saw.
     
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    The photo itself has never surfaced publicly, as it was posted on one of their private social media accounts. However, it has been referenced in several MSM articles.

    Entire family reported missing, later found dead in Mariposa County

     
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    Media have posted “private” pics of Jonathan and Ellen that are not accessible through their public IG or Facebook accounts; I am confused as to why LE can’t provide the actual backpack picture to the media. Maybe it was a temporary post that disappeared after 24 hours and friends remembered it but had no evidence of it.
     
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    Mainstream media link here <mod add: as a caption on photo screenshot below>:

    Father of British software developer found dead with family says family still waiting for autopsy | Daily Mail Online

    I also took a screenshot of where it states it in the article above.

    The Daily Mail didn't post a photo of the backpack, but they definitely stated one had been posted.

    <modsnip>

    What I will add is that it's strange that this image has somehow disappeared into the ether and no one has seen it.

    MOO
     

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  15. armchairagatha

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    Yes, if it was an Instagram story or something of that nature, it would be temporary and disappear after a day.
     
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    rosesfromangels Amateur speculations and opinion only

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    The technology aspect isn't what takes the most time, it's the legal warrants required for each app on the phone, to each software provider; add that to what is needed from the carrier, and it's a lengthy process.

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    FOR NOW:
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    In the SF Examiner photo, JG is carrying the baby in a pack-style carrier worn in the front position:

    Family’s death in Sierra National Forest is shrouded in mystery - The San Francisco Examiner

    I found a similar carrier here:

    360 All Positions Baby Carrier: Cool Air Mesh - Chambray

    The description states: “The Ergobaby 360 is a natural next step after your little one outgrows the stage of being carried in a baby wrap or newborn carrier. This award-winning, all-position baby carrier is comfortable and functional between 12 and 45 pounds, with four ergonomic ways to babywear.”

    This pack can be worn on the front or back. Given the baby’s age (which we know) and weight (which we do not), this may or may not have been the carrier the family used the day of their hike.
     
  20. Pumphouse363

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    I wonder who saw this pic then and informed the media or LE? If it was private then the person(s) who saw it may have known where they were going ? And following this train of reasoning isn’t it also probable the person(s) would have asked where they were going? When my friends post pics I usually respond accordingly. When something bad happens to a relative or friend we seek reassurance that there was nothing that could have been done to help them. We want to think the best of them but accept that there is always human error and the elements of nature to take into account. There are so many suggestions on this site that provide plausible possibilities as to how the family may have met their demise, but none of them satisfy my personal understanding of this terrible occurrence. Thank you to everyone who has made suggestions. MOO
     
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