Woman's Body Found in Norcal River Where Valencia Family Vanished

Woman's Body Found in Norcal River Where Valencia Family Vanished

- 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. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of 0.08 or higher.

The sheriff's office released a statement Thursday saying that along with various personal items found that were consistent with a family traveling on vacation, there were several items positively identified by relatives as belonging to the Thottapilly family.

Authorities did not elaborate on items that were found in the river this week, but said that a vehicle seen going into the river on April 6, when a massive storm swamped areas of Northern California.

The results of a toxicology text performed on a third juvenile victim is still pending.

None of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seatbelts, he said.

The woman had not been formally identified but Allman earlier said the body was believed to have been one of the people in the vehicle. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected.




Carpenter said the family stopped in the small town of Naselle, Washington, near their Woodland, Washington, home, during their drive to the California cliff but that investigators are still trying to determine why they stopped there and whether they contacted anyone. The family was reported missing that Sunday.

In an email to The Associated Press Friday, Alexandra Argyropoulos wrote that as a family friend she initially thought Jennifer Hart was a loving mother. Their three other adopted children are missing, 16-year-old Hannah Hart, 12-year-old Sierra Hart and 15-year-old Devonte Hart, who is known for a viral photo in which he is hugging a police officer in November 2014. According to the CHP, the crews were unable to find the vehicle or any people, but they found more items consistent with a Honda vehicle.

Last August, soon after the Harts moved into their rural home, neighbors Bruce and Dana DeKalb said a child rang their doorbell, seeking sanctuary from abuse.

Sarah Hart reportedly also had diphenhydramine in her system.

And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area.

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