Child's body found in river where Southern California family vanished

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Authorities also recovered debris and personal items confirm that a vehicle seen plunging into a storm-swollen Northern California river last week belonged to a family that went missing.

MORE: Witness recalls SUV matching missing Valencia family's auto flipping into Eel River The family was scheduled to arrive to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 as a strong storm dumped rain on Northern California, but never showed up, authorities said.

"It was pure acceleration from the last brake application until it hit the bottom of the cliff", Greg Baarts, the acting assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol's northern division, said at the time.

Authorities talked about {{that a}} automotive, which witnesses acknowledged as in all probability a Honda Pilot SUV, vanished after falling into the rain-swollen Eel River in Mendocino County spherical 1 p.m. Friday. Hannah Hart, the third of the siblings adopted from Colorado County, was still missing Wednesday afternoon, along with Devonte and Sierra Hart, two siblings adopted by the family in Harris County in 2009.

Jennifer and Sarah Hart were white; their adoptive children were black.

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Carpenter said Sarah Hart and two of the three children found dead inside the SUV had an ingredient found in allergy medicine Benadryl in their systems. The body of a young woman was found nearby about a week ago, but has not yet been identified.

Teams have scoured at least 12 miles of river bank, but the hunt for the family and their SUV has been hindered by the strong current and poor clarity, according to authorities.

"Preliminary results showed Jennifer Hart had a.102 BAC (blood alcohol content)", the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Friday. He also said that before the crash, the family had stopped in Naselle, Wash., about a 90-minute drive northwest of Woodland, Wash., where they lived. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of 0.08 or higher. Investigators also did not find any signs of an accident, such as tire or skid marks, or evidence suggesting that Jennifer Hart had lost control of the SUV.

The five bodies were recovered days after authorities in Washington State began investigating the couple for possible child neglect. The investigator left a business card in the front door, the case notes say. But according to the Oregonian, the girl, Abigail, told police that Jennifer Hart was the one who had hit her.

One of the children missing is 15-year-old Devonte Hart, whose photo hugging a police officer with tears streaming down his face during a protest went viral in 2014. None of the Harts answered the door.

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