Mother Who Drove Family of 8 Off Cliff Was Drunk

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A family of four is missing in California, and authorities fear they may have driven into the Eel River while on a road trip. Sarah Hart reportedly also had diphenhydramine in her system.

The home-schooled kids complained specifically of being denied food and of racist behavior, according to a case report. Their children were black. Family will receive friends on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m., and a celebration of life will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. Little is known of their seemingly hasty departure - or of the following days - but the latest details speak to a possibly disturbing demise for the children.

Jennifer Hart, the mother who drove her family off an oceanside cliff in a fatal crash, had a blood alcohol level that was over the state's legal limit, Capt. Bruce Carpenter of the California Highway Patrol said Friday.

But they never made it, and it was the last anyone heard from them, the police said.

One of the neighbors, Tom DeKalb, said he called child protective services. The next morning, the family and their vehicle were gone.

The 100-foot (31-meter) drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.

"Identification of the body is pending at this time and an autopsy is anticipated to be conducted on 04-17-2018". A worker visited the home March 23 and he said the Hart family packed up and left soon after. "Several items have been positively identified, by the family members, as belonging to the Thottapilly family", it said.

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They remained in the area until at least 9 o'clock that night, but there's no further information regarding the family's whereabouts until their SUV was found upside down on the Pacific coast.

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.

The presence of the substance has not been determined in the third child. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that has a sedative effect.

Carpenter said the family stopped in the small town of Naselle, Washington, about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of their Woodland, Washington, home, during their drive to the California cliff.

"I'm to the point where I'm no longer calling this an accident, I'm calling it a crime", Allman told HLN.

There were no witnesses to help guide police.

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