Sheriff deputies and the California Highway Patrol have been working since last week to locate and recover the vehicle.
Cheryl Hart, who identified herself as a friend of Sarah Hart, called 911 in Clark County on Monday, March 26, anxious because she hadn't been able to reach Sarah since receiving a text message from her at 3 a.m. two days earlier.
Just weeks after the Hart family perished in a fatal plunge from an ocean overlook along the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California, rescuers were searching for another family feared to have driven into water in the same county.
Searchers looking for a family of four whose SUV plunged into a Northern California river have found the body of a child believed to be from the vehicle, authorities said Friday.
They were last heard from the day before authorities received reports of a maroon Honda Pilot - the same color and make of the Thottapillys' SUV - submerging into the swollen river along US Highway 101 north of Leggett, according to local media reports. This is above the legal limit of 0.08 in the state, CBS SFBay Area reported. 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.
No one in the vehicle, a GMC Yukon, was wearing a seatbelt, Captain Carpenter said on Friday.
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Investigators have previously said it's possible the crash was intentional. Carpenter said "a lot about this case is unusual ... baffling nearly". Franklin said. "No, I don't believe that".
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. The authorities described the Thottapilly family as 'loving and happy.' The California Highway Patrol (CHP) -Garberville confirmed that the body of a victim and personal belongings of the family have been recovered from the river.
Two more are missing and another body has been found but not identified. Officials initially thought the remains were that of a child, but later clarified that it was a woman.
Efforts to find the three missing Hart children are continuing.
Devonte drew national attention after he was photographed in tears while hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest.
KGW obtained a 911 call that provided further clues to what was happening when the Harts left their Washington home and drove to California. He wants to leave every time someone mentions the crash and concerns of abuse that followed the children and their adoptive parents in three states. She said that afterward they were going to sit down and eat, and feed the children.