US Body pulled from surf could be child from Mendocino crash, authorities say

04:43  10 april  2018
04:43  10 april  2018 Source:   latimes.com

California crash that killed Hart family believed by authorities to be intentional

  California crash that killed Hart family believed by authorities to be intentional <p>Almost one week after an SUV carrying Devonte Hart and his family plunged off a cliff in California's Mendocino County, authorities say the crash appears to be intentional.</p>California Highway Patrol's North Division and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the crash that killed parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, and their children, Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14.

On Saturday, a couple vacationing along the Mendocino County coast spotted a body floating in the surf close to the site of the crash , authorities say .

On Saturday, a couple vacationing along the Mendocino County coast spotted a body floating in the surf close to the site of the crash , authorities say . The body appears to be that of an African American girl, but further tests will confirm if it's one of the missing children

a group of people posing for a photo © Provided by WMUR 9 Authorities say they may have found one of the missing children who likely plunged off a Northern California cliff in a fatal car crash that officials suspect was intentional.

A Washington state couple and three of their children were killed March 26 when their car fell 100 feet off a remote stretch of Highway 1 in Mendocino County into the Pacific Ocean. Investigators pulled five bodies from the wreckage, but haven't been able to find the couple's other three children - who they believe were also in the car.

On Saturday, a couple vacationing along the Mendocino County coast spotted a body floating in the surf close to the site of the crash, authorities say.

Hope fades for missing Hart children as bad conditions delay search off Mendocino Coast

  Hope fades for missing Hart children as bad conditions delay search off Mendocino Coast Authorities must wait until conditions improve on the California coast before they can search for the bodies of three siblings believed dead after their family’s SUV plunged down a cliff into the sea last week. Strong currents, frigid water and rough waves have prevented Mendocino County Sheriff’s divers and rescuers from looking for the missing Hart children, Lt. Shannon Barney said. The children are Devonte Hart, 15, who was briefly famous for a powerful 2014 photograph of the teen tearfully hugging a police sergeant in Oregon at a protest amid unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and his sisters Hannah and Sierra Hart, 16 and 12, respectively.

A family visiting from Washington state were killed on March 26 when their car fell 100 feet into a remote creek in Mendocino County, but investigators haven't been able to find three children 's bodies . On Saturday, a body was pulled from the surf nearby. (via: trendolizer.com).

On Saturday, a couple vacationing along the Mendocino County coast spotted a body floating in the surf close to the site of the crash , authorities say .

The body appears to be that of an African American girl, but further tests will confirm if it's one of the missing children, Mendocino County Sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney said in a statement. DNA tests could take several weeks, Barney said.

The three missing children are 15-year-old Devonte Hart, who had a moment of fame in 2014 after he was photographed hugging a Portland, Ore., police sergeant at a protest related to unrest in Ferguson, Mo; Hannah Hart, 16; and Sierra Hart, who authorities initially identified as 12 but now say she was 15 at the time of the crash.

There was no sign of the other two children, authorities say.

"It is not uncommon after a significant storm such as the one passing through the north state currently, to bring items to the surface or wash onto the beach," Barney said in a statement.

Possible sighting of mother before deadly SUV crash

  Possible sighting of mother before deadly SUV crash Authorities are investigating whether a surveillance video from Fort Bragg, California, shows a woman the day before her family's sport utility vehicle was found at the bottom off a cliff along the Pacific Coast at a scenic viewpoint. Mendocino County Sheriff Lt. Shannon Barney told The Oregonian/OregonLive Tuesday the woman in the video looks like Jennifer Hart but that the footage is "very grainy."Sarah and Jennifer Hart were found dead at the crash scene March 26 along with three of their children.Three other children remain missing. Authorities have said the crash was probably deliberate.

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On Saturday, a body was pulled from the surf nearby. ( Mendocino County Sheriff's Office). Authorities say they may have found one of the missing children who likely plunged off a Northern California cliff in a fatal car crash that officials suspect was intentional.

Authorities believe the missing children were in the car with their parents, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, and their siblings, Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14, when their GMC Yukon dropped onto the rocky Mendocino County shore off Highway 1 near Juan Creek.

The two women, who were married, were found dead inside the car. The three children were found outside, officials said.

California Highway Patrol officials say the fatal plunge appears to have been intentional, based on the lack of skid marks and the fact that the vehicle was at a full stop before accelerating off the cliff. Though the investigation is in its preliminary stages, it appears the SUV had stopped about 70 feet from the cliff's edge, then sped off it, according to the CHP.

Earlier this week, investigators released a timeline of the family's movements after March 23, when their neighbors in Woodland, Wash., reported the parents to social workers with allegations of possible child neglect.

Missing children likely 'swept away' after California SUV wreck

  Missing children likely 'swept away' after California SUV wreck Three children missing for more than a week were likely inside the vehicle their mother drove off a California cliff and their bodies probably washed into the Pacific Ocean, police said on Thursday. Interviews with relatives and friends suggest all six of the family's children were inside the sports utility vehicle when it plunged off a coastal cliff on March 26, in what is thought to have been an intentional crash, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

On Saturday, a couple vacationing along the Mendocino County coast spotted a body floating in the surf close to the site of the crash , authorities say . The body appears to be that of an African American girl, but further tests will confirm if it's one of the missing children

Authorities say they may have found one of the missing children who likely plunged off a Northern California cliff in a fatal car crash that officials suspect was intentional.

About 8:15 a.m. the following morning, the family was in the area of Newport, Ore. Investigators believe they continued south along U.S. 101 until they reached California 1 in Leggett. They made it to Fort Bragg about 8 that evening, and stayed there and in the Cleone area until 9 p.m. March 25.

"I no longer am calling this an accident, I'm calling it a crime," Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman said in an interview Wednesday on HLN's "Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield."

soumya.karlamangla@latimes.com

Twitter: @skarlamangla

Times staff writers Alene Tchekmedyian and Joseph Serna contributed to this report.

UPDATES:

12:10 p.m.: This article was updated with the correct age of 15-year-old Sierra Hart after Mendocino County sheriff's officials said they had initially misreported she was 12.

This article was originally published at 7:50 p.m.

Body of last missing family member found in California river .
Searchers have found the body of the last missing person from a family that perished after their SUV plunged into a rain-swollen river in Northern California. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says that around 4 p.m. Monday, searchers found the body of a boy submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles downstream from where the SUV crashed.The body of Siddhant Thottapilly was found at about 4 p.m. submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) downstream from where the family car reportedly crashed, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Capt. Gregory L. Van Patten said in a statement.

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