Woman who drove SUV with family on-board off a cliff was drunk

Hide Caption Show Caption The Thottapilly family has been missing since April 6

Hide Caption Show Caption The Thottapilly family has been missing since April 6

Authorities say a woman who drove off California cliff last month in an SUV carrying her wife and children was drunk.

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. Toxicology results on a third child whose body was recovered from the crash area are still pending.

Two are missing and a body has been found but not identified.

Argyropoulos says the family's story has spurred her to start a petition calling for a national child abuse registry.

Jen Hart had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit, said Olegario Marin, a public-information officer with the California Highway Patrol.

Officials said Friday that witnesses saw the family's Honda Pilot pull into a turnout alongside the river in the midst of a rainstorm a week ago.

Below is the famous photo of Devonte Hart.

The juvenile has not yet been identified but authorities believe the child had been in the SUV.

The 100-foot drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14. Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect, but three of their children were not immediately recovered from the scene along the shoreline.

The shoreline searches conducted on 04-12-2018 by patrol deputies were unsuccessful in locating any of the missing children (Hannah Hart, DeVonte Hart and Sierra Hart) or physical evidence associated with this investigation.

That's the same area where a family of four that vanished during a road trip from Portland, Ore., to their home in Santa Clarita, Calif., is last known to have been, the San Jose Police Department told the Associated Press.

However, David Walker, the overseer of the day care and pastor of the adjoining church said the little girl caused her own injuries when she fell, and no other child was involved in the incident.

Long before the crash, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty in 2011 to a domestic assault charge in Minnesota over what she said was a spanking given to one of her children.

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