Julien Hug, "Bachelorette" Contestant, Found Dead

Julien Hug from "The Bachelorette" (ABC)
Julien Hug from "The Bachelorette" (ABC)

PALM DESERT, Calif. (CBS/AP) Julien Hug, a contestant who competed for the love of Jillian Harris in Season 5 of "The Bachelorette," has been found dead.

His father, Bertrand Hug, told San Diego's KGTV that the 35-year-old's body was found off a scenic Southern California highway Wednesday.

But Riverside County sheriff's and coroner's investigators won't confirm the identity or whether they suspect foul play. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday.

Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Borja says a body was found at 11 a.m. in the remote Pinyon Pines area off State Route 74. The Pines-to-Palms Highway links Palm Desert and Hemet, some 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles in Riverside County.

Hug is the son of San Diego restaurateurs Bertrand and Denise Hug. He was eliminated in the second episode of the season.

Harris responded to the tragic news on her Twitter account Thursday, writing "Please say a prayer for the loss of a friend this morning. Life is fragile, don't forget to love the ones you love."