Hart body SUV crash, A California sheriff’s office said Tuesday that the body of a girl found near the scene of a deadly crash that killed five members of a family is that of one of the three missing children from that crash.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the body found on April 7 is that of Ciera Hart, 12, one of three children missing after a sport utility vehicle was driven off a cliff off Highway 1 near Westport, killing Sarah Hart; her wife, Jennifer Hart; and three other of their adopted children.
The sheriff’s office initially spelled Ciera’s name as Sierra, and said she was 15. Still missing after the March 26 crash is Devonte Hart, 15, and Hannah Hart, 16.
Devonte, who is black, was photographed in 2014 hugging a white police officer during a rally in Portland, Oregon, about the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the image gained national attention.
Authorities have said they believe that the crash was intentional. The sheriff’s office said last week that Jennifer Hart, believed to be the driver, was legally drunk with a blood alcohol level of 0.102 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Two of the children had a positive finding for diphenhydramine, an active ingredient in Benadryl, the sheriff’s office said last week. A California Highway Patrol official said last week that it’s unclear what investigators are making of that finding.