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FILE – In this May 22, 2010 file photo, Julien Hug, a former contestant on the ABC series ”The Bachelorette” is shown at a Habitat for Humanity event in Pacoima, Ca. KGTV in San Diego says 35-year-old Julien Hug’s father Bertrand Hug confirmed Julien’s body was found Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, in the remote Pinyon Pines area about 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
PALM DESERT, Calif. — The body of a contestant on “The Bachelorette” reality TV show was found along a scenic Southern California highway two days after his family lost contact with him, a family spokeswoman said Thursday.
Julien Hug’s body was found Wednesday, said Audrey Doherty, a family publicist. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement late Thursday that foul play was not suspected.
Hug had been on his way to help manage his family’s newest restaurant, Augusta Modern, in Palm Desert when his cell phone ran out of power, Doherty said. No one had heard from him since, she said.
“They’re just heartbroken about it, but they’re hoping to mourn privately,” Doherty said. “It’s pretty devastating.”
Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Borja said a body was found in the remote Pinyon Pines area off Highway 74 in Riverside County, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. The department confirmed Hug’s identity but did not release a cause of death.
The Palm Desert restaurant had a soft opening a few weeks ago and Hug commuted from his home in San Diego, Doherty said. People who answered the phones at two Hug family restaurants declined to comment and referred calls to Doherty.
Hug was a contestant in May 2009 on “The Bachelorette,” a spinoff of ABC’s competitive dating show, “The Bachelor.” Jillian Harris passed him over for Ed Swiderski.
The Hug family owns two of the San Diego area’s best-known and priciest restaurants: Bertrand at Mr. A’s in San Diego, and Mille Fleurs, which serves French cuisine in the ultra-wealthy suburb of Rancho Santa Fe. A restaurant website says Julien Hug is the host at Mille Fleurs.
Hug was an avid skydiver who liked ocean swimming and scuba diving.
The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote in 2004 that Julien was following in the footsteps of his father, who was born in France and got his start in the San Diego restaurant business in the early 1970s.
RIP – From all of us from the Bachelor/ette Family ….
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