Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Body found in California was that of Kerala woman

Body found in California was that of Kerala woman

Jennifer Hart, who police said intentionally drove her family off a cliff in Northern California in late March, was drunk, according to preliminary toxicology reports. Two children who were in the wreck and Jen's wife, Sarah, also had in their systems an allergy drug that can lead to drowsiness, he said.

Several hours after she called authorities, the family's SUV was discovered at the bottom of a scenic Mendocino County cliff.

Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher.

Farther south along the Mendocino County coast, authorities continue to look for members of the Hart family, missing since an SUV made a deadly and possibly intentional plunge off a towering ocean bluff along the Pacific Coast Highway last month.

Authorities said previously that data from the vehicle's software suggested the crash was deliberate. The office was still waiting on toxicology results from a third child. Another body, believed to be one of the missing Hart children, was recovered from the ocean on April 7.

Jennifer Hart, the woman suspected of driving during that crash that killed her, her spouse and at least three of their six adopted children, was drunk at the time of the crash the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office announced today.

The CHP said on Friday nobody in the SUV was wearing a seat belt when the vehicle when over the cliff. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, 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.

Carpenter said the family stopped in the small town of Naselle, Washington, near their Woodland, Washington, home, during their drive to the California cliff but that investigators are still trying to determine why they stopped there and whether they contacted anyone. Five bodies were found March 26 near 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 along the shoreline.

The shoreline searches conducted on 04-12-2018 by patrol deputies were unsuccessful in locating any of the missing children (Hannah Hart, DeVonte Hart and Sierra Hart) or physical evidence associated with this investigation.

The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8.

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