SUV that fell into river belonged to missing family, officials determine

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Search and rescue teams in Northern California discovered the body of a woman Friday morning in the area where a Valencia family's vehicle was seen plunging into the rain-swollen Eel River a week ago, according to Mendocino County officials. "The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08".

Her wife, Sarah Hart, had a significant amount of the ingredient in Benadryl in her system, as did two of the children, CHP said.

Search crews Friday morning recovered a child's body from the Eel River, a week after a missing Southern California family's vehicle fell into its waters during an intense rainstorm.

The body was found as crews searched for the family along the Northern California river where it is believed they may have been swept away in heavy rains, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said at a Friday news conference.

The California Highway Patrol has also said the crash is thought to have been intentional.

Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the family's SUV when it plunged off a cliff in Mendocino County, more than 250 kilometres north of San Francisco.

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Back in 2014, your family members gained a celebrity once a photograph of a tearful Devonte, who's shameful, adopting a white police at a demonstration against police violence drew widespread attention.

Debris at the accident site and other material found along the riverbanks also was consistent with that vehicle, officials have said. Toxicology results for a third child killed are still pending, Carpenter said.

Three of the children were originally found dead on scene. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected. The authorities were hunting for one additional few children: Hannah Devonte, 15; along with Sierra.

The Harts moved last spring to Woodland, Washington, telling their real-estate broker "they needed a fresh start" after experiencing prejudice in Minnesota and too much media attention in OR after one child was pictured in a viral photo taken at a 2014 police-brutality protest.

And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area.

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