May 10 (UPI) — Authorities in California discovered skeletal remains Thursday near the site where an SUV carrying members of the Hart family plunged off of a cliff.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced a deputy had discovered a shoe containing skeletal remains of what appeared to be a human foot tangled inside a pair of jeans on the ocean beach near the mouth of Hardy Creek in Westport, Calif.
The sheriff’s office said the jeans were a girl’s size 10 regular and the shoes appeared to be a a 3.5 “big kid” size or 5.5 women’s U.S. size.
Investigators believe that Jennifer Hart, who had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 at the time, intentionally drove the SUV containing her wife Sarah Hart and their six adopted children 100 feet off the Pacific Coast Highway 1 on March 26.
The bodies of Jennifer Hart and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children — Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 — were found inside or near the SUV at the base of the 100-foot cliff shortly after the crash.
On April 17 police identified the body of 12-year-old Ciera Hart, while two of her siblings — Devonte Hart, 15, and Hannah Hart, 16 — remain missing.
The California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services is using DNA analysis to attempt to identify the newly discovered remains.