Driver of Hart family SUV was drunk, authorities say

The Thottapilly family has been missing since April 6

The Thottapilly family has been missing since April 6

The Mendocino County Sheriff said during a Friday news conference that the body was found about 7 miles south of where the Thottapilly family's auto is believed to have gone off an embankment. The crash was discovered on March 26 along the Mendocino County coastline on Highway 1 near Westport.

The body of a child was found in a Northern California river in which a Valencia family disappeared when their SUV tumbled into the water amid a driving rainstorm, law enforcement officials said Friday. The Harts and three of their children were found dead after the vehicle plunged into the Pacific Ocean on March 26 Two more are missing and another body has been found but not identified.

Jen and Sarah Hart, both originally from South Dakota, were the adoptive mothers of their six children from Texas.

Personal belongings of the four members of the Thottapilly 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. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected. Three other children are missing, but presumed dead.

Greg Baarts, acting assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol's northern division, said preliminary data from the SUV's air bag module suggested that the vehicle probably came to a stop at a gravel pullout roughly 70 feet from the cliff before it accelerated and "went straight off the edge".

Carpenter said Sarah Hart and two of the three children found dead inside the SUV had an ingredient found in allergy medicine Benadryl in their systems.

In California, a person is legally drunk if they have a BAC of.08 or higher. Investigators said it is not surprising to find items miles away from the scene of the accident.

"We believe that the Hart incident was in fact intentional", he said. In addition, he stated that until the wreck, your family needed stopped at Naselle, Wash., roughly a 90-minute driveway northwest of Woodland, Wash., where they lived. The body has yet to be identified.

Devonte drew national attention after he was photographed in tears while hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest.

One of their children, Abigail, told Minnesota authorities in 2010 that Jennifer Hart withheld food from her when she misbehaved, according to a police report.

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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