Body found amid search for SoCal family after SUV swept into river

Katrina Barker
April 14, 2018

The body of a woman was found Friday in a Northern California river in which a Valencia family disappeared when their SUV tumbled into the water amid a driving rainstorm.

The announcement came during a Mendocino County Sheriff's Office news conference updating reporters on their efforts to locate Southern California resident Sandeep Thottapilly, his wife and two children whose SUV is believed to have plunged into the Eel River. The legal limit in California is.08%. It has not been determined in the third child. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that has a sedative effect. The family was reported missing that Sunday. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.

Carpenter said none of the car's occupants were wearing seatbelts. A search for the vehicle was called off when it became too risky for rescuers.

The remains of Jennifer and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and three of the children were found in the wreckage of a GMC Yukon after it ran off California Highway 1 and plunged over a steep embankment onto the rocky shoreline below. Authorities have not identified the woman.

He noted the Yukon had traveled some 23 metres along an unpaved roadside pullout before running off the cliff, leaving behind no skid or brake marks, indicating the vehicle may have been driven off the cliff intentionally.

Two more are missing and another body has been found but not identified. Allman says DNA analysis from biological family members will be used to determine her identity.

Last August, soon after the Harts moved into their rural home, neighbors Bruce and Dana DeKalb said a child rang their doorbell, seeking sanctuary from abuse. Were the children purposely drugged and did the parents know they were on suicide mission when they headed out for the "road trip".

The department tried to contact the family at their home the day that it received the complaint, March 23, but were unsuccessful.

Authorities also announced that investigations revealed that no one in the Hart vehicle was using seat belts.

In 2010, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault involving one of the children, according to Douglas County, Minnesota, court records.

And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area.

On April 6, a auto was reportedly submerged in the Eel River, a little north of the town of Leggett, during heavy rains.

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