Former “Bachelorette” Contestant Julien Hug found dead

The body of Julien Hug, 35, was found off Highway 74 near Pinyon Pines. Investigators haven’t confirmed the cause of death yet or whether they suspect foul play.

According to local reports, Hug was en route to Palm Desert, where his parents had recently purchased the restaurant Augusta Modern, which he was planning to manage.

“They’re just heartbroken about it, but they’re hoping to mourn privately,” said Audrey Doherty, a family publicist. “It’s pretty devastating.”

Hug appeared on Season 5 of “The Bachelorette” with Jillian Harris in 2009.

In response to the tragic news Harris wrote on Twitter Thursday, “Please say a prayer for the loss of a friend this morning.”

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