Bachelorette Contestant Shot Himself: Friend

Julien Hug's body found in remote area of national forest

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 5, 2010 2:41 AM CDT | Updated Nov 5, 2010 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – The body of former Bachelorette contestant Julien Hug has been found in a remote area of California's San Bernardino National Forest. Police say they don't suspect foul play, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. No cause of death has been officially reported, but a friend tells Radar that Hug, who had been battling "personal demons," drove himself into the desert and shot himself in the head.

The 35-year-old Hug, who competed on the ABC reality show last year, was reported missing early this week after he failed to show up as expected at a restaurant owned by his family in Palm Desert. An aerial search was conducted after his Jeep was found on a park access road.

Julien Hug, a former contestant on the ABC series The Bachelorette, is shown at a Habitat for Humanity event in Pacoima, Calif., earlier this year.
Julien Hug, a former contestant on the ABC series "The Bachelorette," is shown at a Habitat for Humanity event in Pacoima, Calif., earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Tammie Arroyo, file)
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