It could take several weeks to determine whether it's the body of one of three children still missing after the crash because lengthy DNA analysis may be needed for identification, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, rescue teams pressed on with a search along the river bank, the highway patrol's local branch in Garberville said. The multiracial Hart family lived together in three states, and officials investigated child-abuse allegations in each, including one that prompted an official from Washington's Child Protective Services to visit their Woodland house right before they drove off for California.
Lab results on the driver's body found she had a blood-alcohol concentration above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent, Sgt Powers said.
Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
The woman's wife, Sarah, as well as two of the couple's six adopted children, were also found with "a significant amount" of an ingredient that can be found in Benadryl in their systems, according to tests.More news: Jackson And Olding Contracts With IRFU and Ulster Cancelled
Neither Hart nor her passengers were wearing seatbelts, Carpenter said.
Members of the Hart family pictured at the annual celebration of "The Goonies" movie in Astoria.
In the days after officials found personal belongings of a missing Southern California family along a Northern California river, authorities said Friday they discovered a body.
Sheriff Tom Allman said in a television interview earlier this month that Jennifer Hart "is the woman that we believe was driving the vehicle when it crashed".
April 12, 2018- Marcia Downs, 37, a mother of two children, 5 and 8, who was an employee at Channel 5 Belize on Coney Drive, was shot in the middle of the forehead by a gunman who fired twice at her at about 8:30 last night. But investigators are still trying to determine why they stopped in Naselle, which added an hour and a half to their trip, and whether they contacted anyone.More news: AMD debuts new Ryzen processors, pre-orders start today
Three of their six children, Jeremiah and Abigail, both 14, and 19-year-old Markis, were also found dead in the vehicle. Two kids' bodies are missing and a third body has been found but wasn't identified.
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.
The latest discovery of the Hart children's desperate cries for help is even more unsettling.
And authorities have said social services officials in OR contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area. At a press conference on Friday, the Coroner originally said that the body was that of a child but later said that it was an adult female.More news: Minnesota woman killed woman, assumed her identity