Lightning strikes a family of three and kills.

Lightning could be the cause of the deaths of a couple, their one-year-old daughter and a family dog. The bodies were discovered in a remote area near Yosemite National Park in Northern California last month.

Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their infant son, Miju, and their dog, Oksi, were found dead by search and rescue officers on August 17. They were found along the Savage Lundy Road in the Sierra National Forest near the southern fork of the South Merced River, police said.

But after finding their bodies, officials could not explain what had happened. No one knows how this family died.


Initial reports of physical examinations returned, but they provided only a few definite answers. We know, however, that they were NOT killed by gas from a nearby mine. We also know that they were NOT KILLED by weapons such as a gun or a knife. In fact there was no visible sign of trauma to any of the victims.

Now authorities are wondering if electricity is being blamed.

It is rarely struck by lightning.

In the United States, the risk of electrocution is approximately 1 in 500,000. About 50 people a year are killed by electricity in the United States. Most electrocuted people are recovering.

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