SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mysterious deaths of a Northern California family of hikers and their dog have led federal officials to close 28 miles along the Merced River.
The closure on Friday came after test results of water samples downstream from where the family died showed high levels of toxic algae.READ MORE: Video Released Of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Of Tahoe Park Resident Who Shot At Authorities
The Bureau of Land Management says the algae blooms can make people and pets extremely sick, so it closed access to campgrounds and recreation along the river as a precaution.READ MORE: Coroner Identifies Passenger Killed In Wrong-Way DUI Crash On Highway 99
The family and dog were found dead last month after a family friend reported them missing.
A cause of death has not been determined. Investigators are considering whether toxic algae blooms or other hazards may have contributed to the deaths.MORE NEWS: Looting Suspect Accused Of Dozens Of Thefts Arrested In South Lake Tahoe
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