According to Wikipedia, Mariposa County is over 1700 square miles. That is huge. Just because they lived and died in Mariposa County doesn't mean that every death there is related to marijuana or every person there has something to with it. Also the area where they hiked looks extremely barren to me, we know that there was no shade whatsoever. It doesn't look like anything grows there. So question for you - how are illegal marijuana grow operations relevant here? Are you implying that the family was involved in illegal marijuana activities and they were forced to go on a death march with their family? Or that they ran across one that the Sheriffs missed in retracing their steps? Just trying to understand here. Witnesses also saw the family going to the trail, not under duress or with other people driving behind them, I presume. I'm just having such a hard time understanding why people are struggling with this. (Other than those who knew them personally, that's different). People make bad decisions all the time - some with consequences, some without. They may have been amazing people, but they were not infallible. No one is. They were human, and to err, is human. It's very clear to me that this investigation presumed nothing, which is why it took so long for them to release any information. They approached it like a homicide investigation, and took it to all of its logical conclusions. These people were not shot or stabbed. They had extremely thorough toxicology tests done on them. Despite some people's skepticism, I'm sure they would have noticed if there were other foot prints behind them, people forcing them down to the river.