Woman who drove SUV off California cliff was drunk, police say

The Thottapilly family from Valencia Calif. was reported missing on Thursday

Woman who drove SUV off California cliff was drunk, police say

Mendocino County Search & Rescue divers are preparing to be deployed to the area of the crash site once ocean conditions improve for safety reasons.

"They were able to locate numerous items that appeared to have come from a vehicle body and interior".

The Harts, who immersed their children in alternative culture, left many friends and acquaintances with the impression of a happy family that emphasized love, unity and music. Medocino County Sheriff Thomas D. Allman said today the vehicle pulled onto "a dirt pullout" before stopping 70 feet from the edge and then producing "just acceleration, until they went over".

Cheryl Hart, who identified herself as a friend of Sarah Hart, called 911 in Clark County on Monday, March 26, anxious because she hadn't been able to reach Sarah since receiving a text message from her at 3 a.m. two days earlier.

The body of a woman was found in a Northern California river on Friday after a family of four's SUV fell into the rain-swollen Eel River last week. Investigators suspect the crash might have been intentional. They later left the state and never registered in local school districts in OR and Washington OR notified authorities they planned to home-school the children. California drivers are deemed drunk having a level of 0.08 or higher.

The toxicology report also found that two of the adopted children and her wife, Sarah Hart, had a "significant amount" of an ingredient that can make consumers feel sleepy and is often found in allergy medicine like Benadryl. Toxicology results on a third child whose body was recovered from the crash area are still pending.

Carpenter said none of the car's occupants were wearing seatbelts.

A vehicle owned by the couple-Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both 38 - was found at the bottom of a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in California's Mendocino County on March 26.

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"I remember being devastated", Lee said.

Authorities have yet to identify the body, but an autopsy is scheduled to take place Tuesday.

Most of their children were not instantly recovered out of the scene, although five figures were identified March 26 close to the little town of Mendocino after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for potential child neglect. Officials initially thought the remains were that of a child, but later clarified that it was a woman.

From left, Hannah Hart (16), Abigail Hart (14), Sierra Hart (12), Jeremiah Hart (14), Jennifer Hart, Devonte Hart (15), Markis Hart (19) and Sarah Hart.

One of the two still missing was 15-year-old Devonte Hart, an African-American youth who gained attention in 2014 after being photographed embracing a white police officer during a protest following the fatal police shooting of a young black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Her therapist explained she would be living with a new family - all of her belongings had already been removed from the Hart family home.

Davis said that even while she was using drugs, her children were well fed, well dressed and never neglected.

And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area.

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