Mendocino County Sheriff ID's body found after woman drove family off cliff

- The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office have now identified five people who were killed after a woman drove drunk off a Northern California cliff last month in an SUV carrying her wife and children. Two of the couple's teenagers remain missing.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office a body found has been identified as 12-year-old Ciera Hart.

Authorities had identified 38-year-old Jennifer Hart, 38-year-old Sarah Hart, 19-year-old Markis Hart, 14-year-old Jeremiah Hart, 14-year-old Abigail Hart and 12-year-old Ciera Hart - all of Woodland, Washington, have been recovered.

Fifteen-year-old Devonte Hart, and 16-year-old Hannah Hart remain missing. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of 0.102, said California Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of 0.08 or higher.
 
Toxicology tests also found that her wife Sarah Hart and two of their children had "a significant amount" of an ingredient commonly found in the allergy drug Benadryl, which can make people sleepy. Toxicology results for a third child killed are still pending, Carpenter said. Carpenter said none of the car's occupants were wearing seatbelts. 
 
Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the family's SUV when it plunged off a cliff in Mendocino County, more than 160 miles (250 kilometers) north of San Francisco. 
 
Authorities have said that data from the vehicle's software suggested the crash was deliberate, though the California Highway Patrol has not concluded why the vehicle went off an ocean overlook on a rugged part of coastline. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.
 
Five bodies were found March 26 near the small city of Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect, but three of their children were not immediately recovered from the scene.

 

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