Car, 4 family members found after deadly Mendocino Co. cliff crash

Jennifer Hart, Who Drove Her Wife And Six Children Off A Cliff, Was Drunk, Officials Say

The family was traveling from Portland, Oregon and was supposed to make a stop at San Jose to meet a friend, before heading to their home in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and three of their children, Abigail, 14, Jeremiah, 14, and Markis, 19, were found dead in the auto, while authorities believe the couple's other children, Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, -who are still missing-were also in the SUV at the time of the crash.

"At approximately 11:30 AM a boating team noticed a gasoline smell emitting from the water approximately 1/2 mile north of the reported crash site (downstream)".

Last week, investigators found personal items belonging to the Thottapilly family in the Eel River.

The vehicle was about 4 to 6 feet beneath the water, but visibility was poor and the vehicle was covered in sediment from the river current. MORE: Witness recalls SUV matching missing Valencia family's auto flipping into Eel River The family was scheduled to arrive to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 as a strong storm dumped rain on Northern California, but never showed up, authorities said. The body "appears to be that of an African American Female", but age and identity could not be determined, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said.

The two were found murdered last Monday near Father MacNaboe Park.

Afile photo released by The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office shows a search underway along the Eel River in Northern California. Sandeep, Soumya, Siddhant, and Saachi were last seen in Klamath, in Del Norte County on April 5. He grew up in Surat, Gujarat, and settled down in the U.S. over 15 years ago, a relative said.

The Klamath River and a string of state and federal redwood parks lie along USA 101, north of where motorists saw the vehicle fall into the Eel River.

"Once the body was recovered it was identified as being Siddhant Thottapilly, the remaining missing member of the Thottapilly family".

A beloved mother of five died early Sunday morning and her husband was hospitalized after they were thrown from their motorcycle in a crash on State Road 200 in Callahan.

In a press conference on Friday, April 13, California Highway Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter said Jennifer Hart, who was behind the wheel, "a blood alcohol level of.102 at the time of the crash". A body was pulled from the surf April 7 but has not been identified.



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