Jennifer Hart May Have Been Drunk Before Family SUV Plunged Off Cliff


The body of Siddhant Thottapilly was found about 4pm local time on Monday submerged in the Eel River about 9.5 kilometres downstream from where the family auto reportedly crashed, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Captain Gregory Van Patten said in a statement.

On Sunday, the officials found the sports utility vehicle with bodies of Sandeep and Saachi inside. Later Monday around 4 p.m., officials said they removed the body of a boy from the water about six miles north of the crash and identified him as 12-year-old Siddhant Thottapilly. The search consisted of 21 water searchers, which included two jet-ski teams, two boat teams and several Kayak/Carlson board teams.

The vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment from the river current and it took hours for the auto to be towed out, leading to the removal of the two bodies, the sheriff's office was cited as saying by the New York Times. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the body found in the surf near Westport April 7 was identified as Ciera, 12, through DNA analysis due to the condition of the body. Last week, personal items belonging to the family were found in the Eel River.

A missing case was reported on April 8 after the family failed to show up for a visit at their relatives place in San Jose. Their last known location was near Klamath near the OR border. A powerful storm dropped 2 to 5 inches of rain the day they disappeared. A third body recovered last week was also linked to the family.

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Police believe Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, intentionally drove their SUV off a cliff on March 26 after authorities began looking into child abuse allegations.

Authorities have said data from the vehicle's software suggested 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.

After days of searching, authorities have found a submerged van in the Eel River. Sarah Hart and two of their adopted children had "a significant amount" of an ingredient commonly found in the allergy drug Benadryl, which can make people sleepy, the autopsy found.