Body of Child Found Near NoCal River Where Valencia Family Vanished

Hide Caption Show Caption The Thottapilly family has been missing since April 6

- The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says the body of a woman was found in Northern California river that a family's SUV plunged into last week. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that has a sedative effect. Carpenter said "a lot about this case is unusual. baffling nearly".

The family's demise in late March came just days after child welfare authorities in their home state of Washington opened an inquiry into allegations the children were being abused or neglected, according to police and social services agencies. The bodies of three of their children - Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 - were found nearby.

The juvenile has not yet been identified but authorities believe the child had been in the SUV.

The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart were found March 26 inside the family's SUV, which had crashed at the rocky shoreline below a cliff in Mendocino County.

But their three other children - Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12 - are missing, officials said.

He noted the Yukon had traveled some 23 metres along an unpaved roadside pullout before running off the cliff, leaving behind no skid or brake marks, indicating the vehicle may have been driven off the cliff intentionally.

"It appears she (Hart) was about 70 feet from the edge and accelerated from there", Carpenter said.

The body hasn't yet been identified but authorities have been searching for four members of the Thottapilly family of Santa Clarita: a man and wife and their two children. Allman says DNA analysis from biological family members will be used to determine her identity.

A neighbor of the Harts in Woodland, Washington, had filed a complaint, saying the children were apparently being deprived of food as punishment. Were the children purposely drugged and did the parents know they were on suicide mission when they headed out for the "road trip".

Jennifer, her wife Sarah and three of their children were found dead after their vehicle plunged into the Pacific Ocean March 26.

The Thottapilly family-father Sandeep, 42, mother Soumya, 38, and their two children, son Siddhant, 12, and daughter Saachi, 9-were traveling from Portland, Oregon, to San Jose when they "suddenly stopped communicating with family in Valencia" on April 5.

Authorities responded to the river, but while they were unable to search the river at the time due to the weather conditions, they recovered a auto part that came from a maroon Honda Pilot, according to the CHP.

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