Hu­man re­mains found near site of fam­ily crash

The Mercury News Weekend - - MOVIE GUIDE - By Ja­son Green ja­son.green@ba­yare­anews­group.com The As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted to this re­port. Con­tact Ja­son Green at 408-920- 5006.

A lo­cal res­i­dent found a pair of jeans and a shoe with hu­man re­mains inside about a mile north of where Jen­nifer Hart drove her wife and six adopted chil­dren off a cliff into the Pa­cific Ocean in March, author­i­ties an­nounced Thurs­day.

The Men­do­cino County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is ask­ing fed­eral author­i­ties to iden­tify the re­mains through DNA anal­y­sis.

The crash oc­curred March 26, just days af­ter author­i­ties in Wash­ing­ton state opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that Jen­nifer and Sarah Hart’s chil­dren were be­ing ne­glected.

Five bod­ies were found that day, but two girls and a boy were not im­me­di­ately re­cov­ered.

A fe­male body was found in the surf in April but has not been iden­ti­fied.

The FBI placed a boy and a girl on its miss­ing per­sons list, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they have no ev­i­dence indi- cat­ing the two chil­dren are still alive. Of­fi­cials con­tinue to search the ocean and nearby beaches.

The jeans, a girl’s size 10 reg­u­lar, and the shoe, a 3.5 U. S. big-kid size or 5.5 women’s U. S. size, were found near the mouth of Hardy Creek on Wed­nes­day, the sher­iff’s of­fice said in a news re­lease.

A teamwas set to search the area dur­ing low tide Thurs­day.

Last month, author­i­ties said Jen­nifer Hart was drunk at the time of the crash. Her wife and sev­eral chil­dren had large amounts of a drug in their sys­tems that can cause drowsi­ness.

Author­i­ties have said that data from the fam­ily’s sport util­ity ve­hi­cle’s soft­ware sug­gested the crash was de­lib­er­ate. They said the SUV had stopped at a coastal high­way over­look be­fore speed­ing straight off the cliff and plum­met­ing 100 feet into the rocky ocean below.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Deputy Bill Hol­comb, left, and search and res­cue vol­un­teers view in March an area near Men­do­cino where Jen­nifer Hart drove her wife and six adopted chil­dren off a cliff into the Pa­cific Ocean.

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