Investigators are still trying to figure out what drove an SUV carrying a family of eight off a Californian cliff. Five members of the Hart family – a free-spirited breed from the state of Washington who grew their own food and campaigned for activists – were found dead.
Friday after three more children who had believed to have been in the vehicle when it went over a scenic coastline and landed down on rocks in the Pacific Ocean. Presumably, the missing children were washed out into the sea.
Some family friends describe the Harts as close and affectionate, but neighbors said theylike the children who were taught at home
One of the children, Devonte Hart, garnered nationwide attention in 201
CBS Affiliate KOIN reports that singer Jenni Price of the band Acoustic Minds wrote the song "Quicksand", which inspired the famous photo. When Price asked her friend Jennifer Hart to make a video for the song, she said the family was aloof.
"They were very low because of the backlash on the photo," she told KOIN in an email. "They were hiding and a little withdrawn because of the death threats they received."
Price wrote: "I had never met a family … They had no television, they did not use a cell phone They had no technology like children glued, but their home was filled with books, musical instruments, artistic equipment such as paint and crayons and markers and huge craft paper for art projects, their yard was open and much of it was a garden. "
But neighbors Bruce and Dana Dekalb saw something different.
"Your daughter tells us, please, please, please," begs us not to go back, you are abusing her, "said Dana Dekalb. "And then Devonte comes over and tells us he starved to death."
The Dekalbs say that Hart's youngest cries for help have prompted her to call child protection services.
"I've tried to help and protect them, and that's the result," Dana KOIN said, finding it hard to reconcile what she knew about the Hart family and neighbors said they did are forced to call child protection services.
"This family exemplified the hope, acceptance, sincere will of unconditional love for ALL I am a better person to know, I am honored to spend the time I have spent with them", she wrote.
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