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

04:43  10 april  2018
04:43  10 april  2018 Source:   Tribune News Service

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.

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.

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.

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.

Second family may have perished in California near Hart clan's plunge, police say

  Second family may have perished in California near Hart clan's plunge, police say A vehicle fell into a rain-swollen river and vanished last week in the same region of California's far north coast where a family that vanished during a road trip is last known to have been, authorities said.Just weeks after a family perished in a fatal plunge from an ocean overlook along the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California, rescuers are searching for another family feared to have driven into water.

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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