A one-time contestant on "The Bachelorette" reality TV show committed suicide off a highway in Southern California, a family spokeswoman said Friday.

Spokeswoman Audrey Doherty said Julien Hug left his parents a letter explaining he was suffering from depression and felt suicide was the only way out. Hug's body was found Wednesday in the remote Pinyon Pines area off Highway 74 in Riverside County, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

The county coroner's office has yet to release details on the cause of death.

Hug was a contestant in the ABC show, a spinoff of the network's competitive dating show "The Bachelor," in May 2009.