Missing Mariposa Family Found Dead Near Devil’s Gulch

Entire family reported missing in Mariposa found dead. Photo: Courtesy: Rosanna Heaslett.


UPDATE: The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the missing family has been found dead near the Devil’s Gulch area south of the Merced River Drainage.

The California Department of Justice is investigating and it’s unclear as to how the family died.

The scene is being handled as a hazmat and coroner investigation.

Original Story:

A family friend says Ellen Chung and Jonathan Gerrish went missing with their child and family dog.

The last contact was a photo they uploaded Sunday at 6:45 a.m. of the baby backpack they take with them.

The couple is originally from San Francisco but they now live in Mariposa.

Rosanna Heaslett says they did not return home or to work on Monday.

She says they hike on weekends and hoping someone may have seen them so we can give the additional info to the sheriff’s office.

They drive a newer dark grey Ford Raptor, possibly 2020.

Jonathan is about 6’2″ tall with long hair he wears in a ponytail and has a prominent English accent.

Ellen is a petite Korean woman with an athletic build.

They have a 1-year-old daughter and a golden retriever who would be with them as well.

If you believe you saw them, please call the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office (209) 966-3615.