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A Sixth Member Of The Family Whose SUV Crashed Off A Cliff Has Been Confirmed Dead

Six members of the Hart family have been found dead after their vehicle plunged off a California cliff last month. Two children who remain missing are believed to be dead.

Posted on April 17, 2018, at 4:13 p.m. ET

A view of the cliff that the Hart family SUV crashed down.
Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP

A view of the cliff that the Hart family SUV crashed down.

A sixth body has been found near the site in California where a couple and their six adopted children plunged off a cliff in their SUV last month. The remains were positively identified as a missing member of the family.

Ciera Hart, 12, one of three children who were missing after the crash, was identified through DNA analysis after her body was found floating in the surf on April 7, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday.

The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, and three of their six children, Jeremiah and Abigail, both 14, and 19-year-old Markis, were found in their overturned SUV at the bottom of the cliff near the Pacific Coast Highway on March 26.

Hannah, 16, and Devonte, 15 — whose photo hugging a white police officer during an anti–police violence protest went viral in 2014 — remain missing and are believed to be dead.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office / Via Facebook

Due to the lack of skid marks and information from the car's software, officials believe the crash may have been intentional and not the result of a traffic accident.

Last week, Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman told BuzzFeed News that preliminary toxicology reports show Jennifer Hart, who was driving the vehicle, was drunk when she drove off the cliff.

Preliminary reports also showed Sarah Hart and two children had the active ingredient in Benadryl in their systems.


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