Woman Who Drove SUV With Family Off Cliff Was Drunk

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That number is higher than the legal limit in the state, which is less than.08.

A vehicle owned by the couple-Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both 38 - was found at the bottom of a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in California's Mendocino County on March 26.

On Thursday, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said it had found belongings of the Thottapilly family, of Santa Clarita, as well as auto parts from their SUV about 14 miles down river from where investigators believe they rolled down an embankment.

None of the occupants were wearing seat belts, Carpenter said. Devonte Hart had made headlines years before the crash when a picture of him hugging a police officer during police-brutality protests went viral. A woman believed to have intentionally driven her wife and children off a cliff in the U.S. state of California was legally drunk, the local sheriff's office said.

The California Highway Patrol has also said the crash is thought to have been intentional. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.

There were no skid marks at the scene, Carpenter said.

Two more are missing and another body has been found but not identified.

Searchers also found items described as consistent with a family traveling on vacation and unspecified personal items that allowed officials to confirm that the vehicle seen plunging into the river was the Thottapilly's SUV. Hannah Hart, 16; Devonte Hart, 15; and Sierra Hart, 12, have not been found.

Police also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was sending its Behavioral Analysis Unit to study cellphone data recovered from one of the family members' phones showing the Hart family's travel information.

Sarah Hart earlier had faced allegations of mistreatment in Minnesota, where she and Jennifer lived when the children were adopted about a decade ago from Texas.

The Harts moved to a home in Woodland, Washington, in mid-2017, neighbors said.

Argyropoulos says the family's story has spurred her to start a petition calling for a national child abuse registry that would alert states of prior reports of abuse.

A family of four taking a West Coast road trip vanished about 30 miles from the site of the Hart family crash, authorities said this week.

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