Woman's Body Found in Norcal River Where Valencia Family Vanished

Woman's Body Found in Norcal River Where Valencia Family Vanished

Woman's Body Found in Norcal River Where Valencia Family Vanished

Recovered vehicle debris and personal items confirm that an SUV seen plunging into a storm-swollen Northern California river belonged to a family that disappeared last week in the same county as the Hart family, authorities said Thursday.

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Lab results on the driver's body found she had a blood-alcohol concentration above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent, Sgt Powers said.

In California, a person is legally drunk if they have a BAC of.08 or higher.

Sarah Hart and two of the three juvenile victims, Jennifer and Sarah's adopted children, tested positive for Diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl, a hypnotic antihistamine used to treat allergies that can cause marked drowsiness.

Five Hart family members have been confirmed dead after the SUV carrying the mothers and at least three of their children plunged from a 150-foot cliff in Northern California onto the oceanside rocks below last month.

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.

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Officials have said the crash may have been intentional, judging by software in the vehicle showing it stopped at a pull-off area before speeding off the cliff.

Authorities said that a vehicle, which witnesses defined as possibly a Honda Pilot SUV, vanished after falling in to the rain-swollen Eel River in Mendocino County around 1 p.m. Friday. They later left the state and never registered in local school districts in OR and Washington OR notified authorities they planned to home-school the children.

Authorities have said that data from the vehicle's software suggests the crash was deliberate, though the California Highway Patrol has not concluded why the vehicle went off an ocean overlook on a rugged part of coastline. Officials initially thought the remains were that of a child, but later clarified that it was a woman.

The Harts moved to a home in Woodland, Washington, in mid-2017, neighbors said.

Sarah Hart reportedly also had diphenhydramine in her system.

A family of four taking a West Coast road trip vanished about 30 miles from the site of the Hart family crash, authorities said this week.

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