Julien Hug, 35, who competed for the heart of Jillian Harris on season 5 of "The Bachelorette," was found dead off a Southern California highway on Wednesday.

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Hug's father, Bertrand Hug, told KGTV San Diego that his son was on his way to Palm Desert on Monday to help manage his family's newest restaurant -- and that he hadn't heard from him since.

Former Bachelorette star Jillian Harris said in a statement, "I am completely heartbroken for the Hug family, and my whole heart goes out to them today as they mourn a precious life that ended far too soon. It's very difficult to find the words to express my condolences, but I will always remember Julien's gentle demeanor and kind heart, which will be sadly missed."

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The cause of death is under investigation, with an autopsy scheduled for Thursday.

UPDATE: Hug was found in Pinyon Pines, an area described by the Sheriff's Department as a spot "you would need to hike into," according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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