Investigators made a grim announcement Wednesday in the hunt for relatives after an SUV plummeted off a cliff in Northern California: six children were feared dead, along with two women.
Crews earlier said three children had died and three were missing. The SUV plunged 100 feet from an ocean overlook on the Pacific Coast Highway about 150 miles north of San Francisco on Monday.
It’s unclear what caused the SUV to drop off the cliff.
Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, were confirmed dead earlier Wednesday, along with their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.
Later, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allmon told reporters that investigators believed the couple’s three other children — Hannah Hart, 16; Devonte Hart, 15; and Sierra Hart, 12 — also died. Only three of the children’s bodies were found in the area so far, Allmon said.
The sheriff said that nothing at this point indicates that the crash was intentional however investigators on the scene didn’t find any skid or brake marks in the road.
Allmon said “an entire family vanished and perished during this tragedy.”
This is a developing story; check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.