3 Kids Sought After Cliff Crash Kills Family

Crash killed parents, 3 children in California
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 28, 2018 8:35 PM CDT
Investigators with the California Highway Patrol work at the scene where a couple and several of their children plunged in their SUV off Highway 1, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, near Fort Bragg, Calif.   (Chris Calder/Fort Bragg Advocate-News & The Mendocino Beacon via AP)

(Newser) – Authorities say they're searching for three children who are unaccounted for after their siblings and parents plunged off a Northern California cliff, the AP reports. The California Highway Patrol said Wednesday that 19-year-old Markis Hart, 14-year-old Jeremiah Hart, and 14-year-old Abigail Hart died along with their parents, Jennifer and Sarah Hart. Their SUV plunged 100 feet from the Pacific Coast Highway onto rocks in the ocean Monday.

The highway patrol says the couple's three other children haven't been found and searchers are scouring the region. They're using boats, aircraft, and unmanned drones to look for 16-year-old Hannah Hart, 15-year-old Devonte Hart, and 12-year-old Sierra Hart. The family lived in Woodland, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. California authorities say the family appeared to be on a short road trip because many belongings remained in the home along with chickens and a pet. Authorities say child welfare officials in Washington had recently visited the home.

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