A lesbian couple and their six children died in a brutal car crash on Monday after their SUV plunged 100 feet off a cliff in northern California. Police initially believed the two women and three of their kids had passed during the accident, but they’ve now discovered that their three other children also died.
In a press conference, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allmon told reporters that there were still “a lot of unknowns” in the case, but they did realize “that an entire family vanished, perished in this tragedy.”
When investigators recovered the drowned vehicle, they also found the bodies of Jennifer Hart, 38, and her wife, Sarah, 38, along with those of three of their children. Their three other kids’ bodies are still missing, but police said they have “every indication to believe that all six children were in the vehicle.”
Authorities found the tragedy very “confusing” as they saw “no skid marks, no brake marks” and “no indication for why this vehicle traversed 75 feet over a dirt pullout and went into the Pacific Ocean,” according to reports.
While investigators claimed they had “no reason to believe” that the deadly crash was “an intentional act,” The Associated Press reported that neighbors of the family were concerned for the children’s safety before their deaths.
Child Protective Services even visited the mothers’ home before the incident, and police convicted Sarah of domestic assault in 2010.
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