Tracks lead away from the edge of the cliff Wednesday, March 28, 2018, where the SUV of Jennifer and Sarah Hart went off the Pacific Coast Highway near Westport, Calif., on Monday.
Five hours before the crash welfare authorities in the Hart's hometown in Washington state tried to reach the couple and their six adoptees following "concerns that the children aren't being fed", according to what one of of the investigators told a 911 dispatcher during a request for a wellfare check that day. "The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08". The office was still waiting on toxicology results from a third child. The vehicle slowed in the turnout, then tumbled into the river, authorities said, noting that visibility was reduced during the storm and the driver may not have seen the embankment. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.
The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart were found March 26 inside the family's SUV, which had crashed at the rocky shoreline below a cliff in Mendocino County. He also said that before the crash, the family had stopped in Naselle, Wash., about a 90-minute drive northwest of Woodland, Wash., where they lived.
The items had turned up over the course of searches of the South Fork of the Eel River over the past two days, the statement said.
The 100-foot drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.
Authorities also announced that investigations revealed that no one in the Hart vehicle was using seat belts.
A "missing" poster shared by friends and family on Facebook identified the Thottapilly family members as 42-year-old Sandeep, 38-year-old Soumya, 12-year-old Siddhanty and 9-year-old Saachi. Their three other adopted children are missing, 16-year-old Hannah Hart, 12-year-old Sierra Hart and 15-year-old Devonte Hart, who is known for a viral photo in which he is hugging a police officer in November 2014.
A family of four taking a West Coast road trip vanished about 30 miles from the site of the Hart family crash, authorities said this week.