Six children from the same family were killed when their vehicle plummeted off a cliff into the ocean, according to Sheriff Tom Allmon of Mendocino County. Allmon confirmed three of the children's bodies have been recovered but the remaining passengers have not yet been found.
To add to the mystery surrounding the tragic incident, investigators say there are no brake or skid marks on the road leading up to the cliff but officials have not confirmed the crash was intentional. A married couple consisting of two women, Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, adopted the children and are believed to have also died in the crash.
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A couple in Washington state who lived next door to the family say they called authorities when they became concerned that one of the children was not being fed. Bruce and Dana DeKalb reported to Child Protective services that one of the children named Devonte Hart had been coming to their house too often to ask for food.
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Devonte, a black child, received widespread attention when he was featured in a photograph hugging a white officer during a 2014 protest of a police shooting that killed a black man. Devonte's adopted parents bought a two-story home in Woodland, Washington with two acres and a fenced pasture in May of last year.
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The DeKalbs say there was another incident with the Hart's children that disturbed them when one of the young girls rang their doorbell at 1:30 a.m. asking for protection from abuse. Bruce DeKalb said, she "was at our door in a blanket saying we needed to protect her. She said that they were abusing her."
California officials say they believe all six children from the family were in the vehicle along with their parents when it plunged off the cliff. Special crash investigators are working the scene for clues but are baffled by the absence of skid marks. Sheriff Allmon confirmed a passer-by called 911 to report the crash but investigators are still unsure about exactly when the crash occurred.
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