Body found near Eel River crash site in Mendocino County

Jerrim Toms

Jerrim Toms

After investigating for almost a week, the authorities have now confirmed that the Indian family of four has drowned in the Eel River in Northern California, following a massive storm.

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.

Preliminary toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of 0.102, said California Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter.

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. In response to an appeal by him, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she is in constant touch with the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and they are coordinating with the police. The bodies of three of their children - Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 - were found nearby. Devonte Hart, 15, Hannah Hart, 16, and Sierra Hart, 15, are still missing.

"It appears she (Hart) was about 70 feet from the edge and accelerated from there", Carpenter said.

Personal belongings of the four members of the family from Santa Clarita in California, who were believed to be travelling through Humboldt and Mendocino County on US-101 while on a vacation, were also found by the team over a two-day period on Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said. Allman says DNA analysis from biological family members will be used to determine her identity. Were the children purposely drugged and did the parents know they were on suicide mission when they headed out for the "road trip".

The Hart family did not wear seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Jennifer Hart (center) was drunk when she drove her wife and six children off of a cliff in California, according to police.

In 2010, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault involving one of the children, according to Douglas County, Minnesota, court records. Debris at the accident site and other material found along the riverbanks also was consistent with that vehicle, officials have said.

On April 6, a auto was reportedly submerged in the Eel River, a little north of the town of Leggett, during heavy rains.

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