Expenses rack up for family trying to return dead son's body home

Darrel Volway

Authorities said a body was recovered Saturday near the area where an SUV, believed to be carrying a family of 8, plunged off a North California cliff last month.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office clarifies that Jennifer and Sarah Hart were not wearing seat belts, contrary to previously reported information.

But there has been no trace of Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, and authorities now believe the three missing children were also in the vehicle.

The two women in the crash were a married couple and had been under investigation by police and child services officials in the three states where they had lived.

An autopsy will be conducted on Tuesday, but authorities warned identifying the body will likely be done through DNA analysis which can take several weeks.

During the investigation, police discovered the vehicle was pinned at 90 miles per hour.

Authorities work the scene of the March 26 fatal crash on the Mendocino coast near Mendocino, Calif., where the SUV carrying the Hart family off a cliff, killing all passengers.

Preliminary data from the air bag module and the car's software indicate the vehicle stopped at the turnout and then accelerated for about 70 feet off the cliff, Baarts says. Sarah Hart told police that she lost her temper and bent the girl over a bathtub and spanked her.

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They included fighters from the Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups, their families and other residents. The Army of Islam did not agree to leave the town, said Iyad Abdelaziz, a member of Douma's current local council.

She is sentenced to community service and one year of probation.

Her sister Sarah said the family had received little support from New Zealand officials.

Devonte, a black boy who is still missing, drew national attention after he was photographed in tears while hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest.

Family and friends of the Harts told detectives the family traveled together and was rarely apart, the sheriff's office said.

"About two o'clock this morning, my son came down and woke us up".

A comprehensive inspection of the SUV is now underway, CHP said. During a Sunday night teleconference with media, CHP said there was no note left behind and no obvious indicator in the Hart's home to explain what happened.

"I'm to the point where I no longer am calling this an accident", Allman told HLN.

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