“Sheriff personnel with the assistance of the California Department of Justice are conducting the investigation and processing the area.”
“Current scene information does not indicate a clear picture of what occurred or a clear cause of death, the scene is currently being handled as a hazmat and coroner investigation.”
Instagram; pictured above is John and Ellen’s dog Oski
Sheriff Jeremy Briese pointed out that this is certainly not what they were all hoping to find when they set out to search for the family missing in the forest.
“This is never the outcome we want or the news we want to deliver, my heart breaks for their family,” he said.
Autopsies and toxicology reports are being done on the family and authorities are waiting to see if the results yield any answers into their mysterious deaths.
Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office; pictured above is a statement regarding the family that went missing in the forest