CALIFORNIA (FOX NEWS) – At least five family members are dead after their SUV plummeted off a California cliff. Now officials believe the driver intentionally drove her family over the edge.
The SUV that plunged over a California cliff, carrying a Washington family, may have gone over intentionally.
Last week, parents Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children careened off a 100-foot cliff on California Highway One, crashing into the waters of the Pacific Ocean below.
Authorities pulled data from the SUV’s airbag module and discovered the vehicle was stopped on a flat, pull off area, about 70 feet from the edge. There were no skid marks on the ground, leading them to the conclusion that the driver accelerated straight off the cliff.
Officials found the bodies of the parents and three of the children. The other three kids are missing and feared dead.
A passing motorist discovered the vehicle last Monday.
Just three days before, a neighbor alerted social services, concerned that the kids were being deprived of food. And the state opened an investigation into the Hart family.
Autopsies have been done on the five family members who were found. Officials are waiting for toxicology reports and other tests, which could take several weeks before they are able to determine the cause of death.