Body found in ocean near site of Hart family crash

Body found in ocean near site of Hart family crash

Body found in ocean near site of Hart family crash

The Hart family SUV is seen upside down on the rocky shoreline at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff along a remote stretch in Mendocino County, California, about 180 miles north of San Francisco.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's office said in a statement that the body on African-American female was found in the surf on Saturday near where the Hart family's van was found on March 26.

That included the parents, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, and three of their adopted children: 19-year-old Markis Hart, 14-year-old Jeremiah Hart and 14-year-old Abigail Hart.

Investigators could not immediately determine the age or identity of the body but said they are investigating whether it's one of the children still missing after the crash. While they are considered missing, investigators believe they were also in the SUV at the time of the crash, which they believe was intentional.

They couldn't make contact with the family after several attempts. Sarah Hart told police that she lost her temper and bent the girl over a bathtub and spanked her.

"Information obtained through interviews with family and friends indicated it was rare for the family to be apart, especially while traveling", a news release from the sheriff's office says.

Ms Doody went missing in March this year and was later tracked to the Indian city of Patiala, where she lives with her boyfriend.


Authorities said the home was "neat and in order" with "no obvious signs of violence".

Three days before the crash, neighbors had called Child Protective Services after two disturbing encounters with the children.

Ros said she was happy to be able to return the item to Fiona's partner, Hilary Graham, who visited the store at The Raylor Centre off James Street.

Days before the family left Washington, child services officials there had begun investigating the Harts for "alleged abuse or neglect".

In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Oregon.

In the affidavit requesting the search warrant, a Clark County sheriff's deputy says he is seeking evidence on what happened to the family, including possible suicide notes.

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