Deadly vehicle wreck off California cliff may have been intentional

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Investigators say the crash off a California cliff that killed a Washington state family may have been intentional.

Police have found no brake or skid marks that would indicate that the auto carrying Jennifer Jean Hart, her wife, Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and their children experienced problems on the roadway.

The bodies of the Harts and three of their six adopted children were discovered at the crash site.

Authorities are still searching for the remaining three siblings - 16-year-old Hannah, 15-year-old Devonte and 12-year-old Sierra - but have said they believe they may have also been in the auto at the time of the crash.

Known as the Hart Tribe, the multiracial family of two married women - Sarah and Jennifer Hart - and six adopted children took spontaneous road trips to camp and hike and traveled to festivals and other events, offering hugs and promoting unity.

Information pulled from the SUV's software shows the vehicle was stopped at a flat, dirt pull-off area before it accelerated straight off the cliff, police captain Greg Baarts said.

"We have not made any findings in this investigation and we had no prior history with this family", the agency said.

"The most-likely cause for that reading is the shock from the impact", Baarts said.

Investigators said there was no evidence the vehicle collided with the embankment as it "traversed towards the tidal zone below".

The speedometer of the family's 2003 GMC Yukon was pinned at 90 miles per hour when it was found.

Authorities believe at least one felony was committed but Captain Van Patten declined to specify.

"To the best of my knowledge, there was not a suicide note found at the residence", said Baarts.

On Thursday, authorities in Washington state combed through the family's home for information.

Investigators say the search for Devonte and his siblings continues and they are "tirelessly searching for the missing children along the coastline", while research continues for answers by "conducting interviews and attempting to establish a timeline and routes of travel in an effort to rule out any other possibilities".

"They portrayed this happy little family and yet their daughter is telling us please, please, please, begging us not to go back they're abusing her and then Devonte coming over here and telling us that he's being starved to death", she said.

Devonte, who is black, earned national attention when a photo of him at age 12 went viral.

Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a 2014 rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Authorities said they believe there is intent because of air bag evidence and because there was no tire friction by the cliff's edge.

The sheriff's office said the family may not have meant to stay away from home for long that day because many of their belongings, including a pet and some chickens, were still at their home.

After the Friday visit, Child Protective Services tried to visit the family twice more, on Monday and Tuesday, to no avail, according to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

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