Three children missing, five family members dead after SUV goes off cliff

Monday, the crumbled SUV of the Hart family was discovered near a remote stretch of Highway 1 in Northern California, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, were found Monday inside the overturned vehicle.

First responders found the bodies of three of the couple’s children, outside the vehicle.

The bodes of Markis Hart, 19, Jeremiah Hart and Abigail Hart, both 14, were found outside the vehicle among scattered belongings.

Three members of the Hart family are still missing but police say “there is indication that the children missing were in the crashed vehicle”

Wednesday, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, held a press conference about the crash, Sheriff Allman said many questions remain about the tragedy.

But told the public that the vehicle had traveled 75 to 100 feet on dirt before driving into the ocean. And there weren’t any skid or brake marks.

(Watch: Full press conference)

15-year-old Devonte Hart, famous for a viral 2014 photograph of him hugging a police officer during a “Black Lives Matter” rally, and his sisters Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, are still missing and feared to be dead. 

Devonte is seen in the image below.

FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo provided by Johnny Nguyen, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo. Authorities have said two women and three children were killed Monday, March 26, 2018, when their SUV fell from a cliff along Pacific Coast Highway in Mendocino County. Hart is one of the three other children still missing after the vehicle fell off a cliff. He had gained fame when this picture of him hugging the white police officer during the protest went viral. (Johnny Huu Nguyen via AP, File)

Although authorities were able to discover how the crash occurred the cause remains under investigation while shocking details about the family have emerged.

According to reports, neighbors of the Washington-based family called Child Protective Services to visit their Woodland home on March 23. 

Child Protective Services confirmed they had opened an investigation into the Hart family that day, which identified the Hart siblings as “potential victims of alleged abuse or neglect.”

Additionally, CPS attempted to visit the family Monday, and Tuesday, but were unsuccessful, according to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

It is unclear if the new information is related to the SUV crash that sadly killed the Hart family.

This story is ongoing and will be updated once more information is available.

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