The body of a young child has been discovered along a Northern Calfornia river by teams searching for a missing family whose SUV crashed into the rain-swollen waterway last week, authorities said Friday.
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Lab results on the driver's body found she had a blood-alcohol concentration above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent, Sgt Powers said.
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.
On March 26, investigators recovered the bodies of the parents inside the auto and three children - Markis, 19; Jeremiah, 14; and Abigail, 14 - outside the vehicle.
The California Highway Patrol has also said the crash is thought to have been intentional.
Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook. They later left the state and never registered in local school districts in OR and Washington OR notified authorities they planned to home-school the children. "The Coroner's Division is still awaiting the BA/Toxicology analysis of the third child that was recovered on March 26".
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No one in the vehicle, a GMC Yukon, was wearing a seatbelt, Captain Carpenter said on Friday.
The 100-foot drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.
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 lived in Woodland, Washington, near Portland, Oregon, and were reportedly on a road trip, though Child Protective Services had been trying to reach them for days.
Devonte drew national attention after he was photographed in tears while hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest.
Long before the crash, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty in 2011 to a domestic assault charge in Minnesota over what she said was a spanking given to one of her children.