California woman who drove family off cliff was drunk: sheriff

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The search continues for the missing family members and their vehicle, which is believed to be submerged somewhere in the Eel River. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.

Preliminary toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of 0.102, said California Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter.

- The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says the body of a woman was found in Northern California river that a family's SUV plunged into last week. They say the items are consistent with a family on vacation and unspecified items were identified by relatives of the Thottapilly family.

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

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. Were the children purposely drugged and did the parents know they were on suicide mission when they headed out for the "road trip".

One of the neighbors, Tom DeKalb, said he called child protective services.

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Jennifer and Sarah Hart and their six adopted children were believed to become at the moment; point from the SUV.

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

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.

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.

A "missing" poster shared by friends and family on face-book identified that the Thottapilly family associates as 42-year-old Sandeep, 38-year-old Soumya, 12-year-old Siddhanty and 9-year-old Saachi.

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