Five members of a Washington family were killed after their SUV crashed off a Pacific Coast highway cliff and plunged into the rocky ocean, authorities said.
The victims were identified as Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart. and their children Martin, 19, Abigail, 14, and Jeremiah, 14.
Authorities fear that the couple's three other children, Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, are also dead and say that They "all hint that" all six children were in the SUV, which crashed off the coast of northern California near Mendocino, about 1
Rescue teams raided the coast on Wednesday in boats and planes to find the missing children after the ocean conditions improved
Victims crashed 100 feet to their death after the 2003 GMC of the family was turned away from an ocean , which was overlooked by the highway, authorities said in a news release. The SUV landed on its roof on a jagged rock off the coast, surrounded by roaring waves. The three children were found outside the vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. The two women were wearing seatbelts while the three children were not.
"There are many unknowns, but we know a few things, we know that a whole family disappeared and died during this tragedy," said Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman during a press conference on Wednesday.
Among these unknowns are the "confusing scenes" the authorities would have found Monday after a passerby discovered the SUV and named it 911.
"There were no skid marks, there were no skid marks," Allman said. "There was no indication why this vehicle crossed about 75 feet from a muck dump and entered the Pacific Ocean."
A truck drives past the exit where the SUV was salvaged by Jennifer and Sarah Hart from the Pacific Coast Highway, near Westport, California, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat via AP)  [ The story behind Ferguson's viral "hug photo"
Allman on the news The conference said there was no evidence that the case was intended. California Highway Patrol officials said they are investigating why the vehicle may have driven out of the viewpoint.
The Harts last lived in Woodland, Washington, authorities said. The authorities believe that the family probably planned a short trip to California. When Clark County Sheriff officials in Washington visited the family home, they discovered that the Harts had left behind a pet, chickens and most of their belongings, Sgt. Brent Waddell told the Associated Press.
The family was recently visited by Child Protective Services, Waddell said, although sheriffs officials found no signs of anger or violence during their visit.
According to court documents, Sarah Hart pleaded In a guilty act, charges of malicious punishment for a child were dropped.
The Mendocino authorities learned from the Portland Police Bureau that the family may have moved from their previous home to Woodland's home in West Linn, Oregon, because of intense media coverage around Devonte.
Jennifer Hart told the AP that, following the decision of the grand jury, Officer Darren Wilson in the filming of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the family went into town "with the intention to spread love and kindness" by she held signs like "You Matter" and "Free Hugs". The family then joined the nearby Ferguson Rally.
Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum and Devonte Hart, 12, embrace at a rally in Portland, Oregon, on November 25, 2014. (Johnny Nguyen / AP)
The police officer, Sgt. Bret Barnum, was arrested at the Washington Post (19459019) helped Nick Kirkpatrick in controlling crowds. Jennifer Hart said the boy was shaking, tears streaming down his eyes. Barnum noticed that Hart was upset and meant Hart to get on his bike. The AP reported:
The officer asked for his name and shook his hand. He also asked Devonte where he went to school (he teaches at home), what he did this summer (he traveled with his family through the US) and what he likes to do (art). The tears stopped …. As he continued to speak with Devonte, he looked at the "Free Hugs" sign on the earth and asked if he could get a hug as well.
Photo of Devonte hugging the officer at a rally in Portland where people gathered To support the protests in Ferguson, Mo, more than 400,000 likes were collected on Facebook and posted to Tumblr more than 68,000 times the photographer Johnny Nguyen. Her embrace was called "the embrace of the world". She "melted millions of hearts," said the Christian Science Monitor.
However, some thought it was a misleading representation of racial relationships. According to Kirkpatrick:
Jonathan Jones, who wrote in The Guardian, went so far as to call it "an outrageous lie … massively not representative of the other facts and enthusiastically promoted to iconic status in a way that conveys these facts … Seeing this image as the definitive image of the American race crisis is the equivalent of locking yourself up and raising the volume to weep in "Frozen" while the streets are burning outside is exactly what white Americans seem to want, the truth is a weak thing, it can be destroyed by a hug. "
The West Linn family's former neighbor, Bill Groener, told the AP that the siblings are foster children who would be taught at home. They were "friendly enough," he said, but "privacy was a big deal for them."
The children "stayed in the house most of the time, even in really nice weather," he said. The family did not eat sugar, planted their own vegetables and went on camping trips.
"There was enough positive to counter the feeling that something was wrong," Groener told the AP.
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