Data from SUV shows plunge off cliff may have been intentional

Apr 03, 2018, 03:48
Data from SUV shows plunge off cliff may have been intentional

While five family members were found dead, authorities said they were still searching for three other children in the Hart family who were believed to have been in the SUV during the crash.

Devonte, 15, and his two sisters, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, who were also riding in the auto during the incident, remain missing.

Now, the latest court documents in the case question whether the crash was accidental. He also said authorities believe all six children were in the auto that day. According to the report, the documents to not state that the finding means conclusively that the SUV was traveling at that rate of speed when it plunged into the ocean.

"We do have reason to believe, however, that the crash was intentional", he added. "This is all based on preliminary information".

One of the children, Devonte Hart, drew national attention when the black youngster was photographed hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest in Portland, Oregon, over the deadly police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri. Then 12, the boy held a sign reading "free hugs", as he tearfully hugged a police officer. He said the office was working with California authorities to find the missing children.

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The bodies of the Harts and three of their six adopted children were discovered at the crash site.

Meanwhile, those who knew the Harts described them as inspiring and devoted parents who had been unfairly subjected to criticisms and assumptions about their motives for adopting the children.

While Dekalb believes her call to CPS may have precipitated the tragic incident, law enforcement officials have yet to make that determination.

Despite rumors, Baarts said there were no suicide notes found at the Harts' residence in Washington state but confirmed a few items are now being examined by investigators. "I expected with the way things went from CPS getting called to where we are today-that was my expectation of what the outcome would be", said Bruce DeKalb Sunday evening.

But the family's public appearance may not have matched what was happening in their home. The boy asked her to leave food in a box by the fence for him, she said.

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The Clark County Sheriff's Office obtained a searched warrant Thursday to retrieve items like computers, credit cards and bank statements to help determine a probable cause. "To the best of my knowledge, there was not a suicide note found at the residence".

The family had previously lived in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, before they moved north across the Columbia River to Woodland, Washington.

Family friends disputed that the parents were abusive.

"There are a lot of unknowns on this", Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said.

After the Friday visit, Child Protective Services tried to visit the family twice more, on Monday and Tuesday, to no avail, according to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

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