What a horrible, horrible story.
(CNN)Jennifer Hart was driving her family’s SUV when it went over a California cliff last week, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told HLN’s “Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield.”
The sheriff said Jennifer Hart and spouse Sarah Hart were found wearing seat belts, but three children found in the vehicle were not.“I’m to the point where I no longer am calling this an accident; I’m calling it a crime,” Allman told HLN.The sheriff said investigators were also looking at a cell phone found near the accident scene on the Northern California coast.The bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart were found on March 26 inside the family’s SUV, which had crashed at the rocky shoreline below a cliff. The bodies of three of their children — Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 — were found nearby.
But their three other children — Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12 — are missing, officials said.A large-scale search and rescue operation for the three missing children continued Wednesday, with about 80 people combing the surrounding area.A tip led authorities to have divers search the water near the coastline about 30 or 40 miles south of the scene, but Allman said there was nothing yet to report from the search there.