Woman's Body Found Near Where SUV Plunged Into River With Family

Nellie Chapman
April 14, 2018

The Harts moved last spring to Woodland, Washington, telling their real-estate broker "they needed a fresh start" after experiencing prejudice in Minnesota and too much media attention in OR after one child was pictured in a viral photo taken at a 2014 police-brutality protest.

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.

The GMC Yukon plunged off the cliff off Highway 1 on March 26.

Yesterday, authorities revealed Jennifer Hart, who was driving the SUV, "had a blood alcohol level of.102 at the time of the crash, California Highway Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter said at a press conference Friday". The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected.

One of the Hart family mothers was drunk when she drove off a Northern California cliff late last month, killing herself and several members of her family, according to the Associated Press. According to toxicology reports, her wife Sarah and two of their six children had a significant amount of an ingredient found in allergy medications that cause drowsiness. The office was still waiting on toxicology results from a third child.

The CHP said on Friday nobody in the SUV was wearing a seat belt when the vehicle when over the cliff.

The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their six kids were found in and around their SUV.

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Investigators have not come up with a motive but say it appears the incident was intentional, The FBI is deploying their Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist and try to understand what happened.

The Harts moved to a home in Woodland, Washington, in mid-2017, neighbors said.

They were expected at a family member's home in San Jose on April 6.

Five bodies were found March 26 near the small city of Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect, but three of their children were not immediately recovered from the scene.

A sheriff's office statement Thursday says the vehicle and its occupants haven't been located in the Eel River but searchers have found numerous items from the vehicle's body and interior.

The 100-foot drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.

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