Near Site Where Hart Family Perished, a Body Is Found

Authorities believe corpse is African-American female, but identification could take weeks
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2018 7:43 AM CDT
This Tuesday, March 27, 2018, photo shows a helicopter hovering over the scene where a vehicle plunged off a cliff in Northern California near Mendocino. The California Highway Patrol identified the adult...   (California Highway Patrol via AP)
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(Newser) – The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has pulled the body of an unidentified female from the ocean near the site where an SUV ran off a cliff in an apparently intentional crash that wiped out a family, reports CNN. The crash late last month left at least five members of the Hart family—moms Sarah and Jennifer, and children Markis, 19; Jeremiah, 14; and Abigail, 14—dead, and three other children missing. The body, which was spotted by vacationers, appears to be an African-American female, per the Sheriff's Office. "Positive identification will most likely be done by DNA analysis, a process that can take several weeks," the Sherriff's Office said. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday. Still missing are Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra Hart, 12. (Authorities are piecing together the final days of the Hart family.)

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