SAN DIEGO -- 10News has learned that a body found in a remote area off Highway 74 in Riverside County on Wednesday is that of Julien Hug, a San Diego man who appeared as a contestant on "The Bachelorette" TV show, according to a Hug family friend.
Authorities from San Diego and Riverside Counties had conducting their search near Joshua Tree National Park for Julien Hug, who disappeared on Monday.
Julien Hug is a former contestant from the 2009 season of 'The Bachelorette' and son of well-known San Diego restaurateur, Bertrand Hug.
Bertrand Hug told 10News Julien was on his way to help manage the family's newest restaurant in Palm Desert, Augusta Modern. He said two days ago his son's phone went dead while he was driving somewhere on Highway 74 in Riverside County, which was the last time anyone had heard from him.
Riverside County Sheriff's Department had located a body near a vehicle similar to Julien's in a remote off-roading area about 45 miles off Highway 74 known as Pinyon Pines.
Late Wednesday, a family spokesperson confirmed to 10News that the body was that of Julien Hug.