SUV that fell into river belonged to missing family, officials determine

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A woman who called OR child welfare officials in 2013 about a woman who last month drove off a California cliff with her family says the household was run "like a regimented boot camp". "These items were of a personal nature and will not be described further at this time, but it does confirm the fact the vehicle that was seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family".

Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook.

On Thursday items found in the river revealed that the vehicle sought was the Thottapilly's when relatives positively identified the items as the family's.

Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, vice president of the Union Bank on Santa Clarita, and his wife Soumya Thottapilly, 38, were on a road trip along with their two kids - Siddhanth, 12 and Saachi, 9 - in a maroon Honda Pilot from Portland, Oregon to San Jose in Southern California, during which they went missing on April 5. The family was traveling as a strong storm dumped rain on Northern California.

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The Klamath River and a string of state and federal redwood parks lie along Highway 101 to the north of where the vehicle was seeing falling into the Eel River.

The California Highway Patrol said on Friday that Jennifer Hart's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit when she drove an SUV, carrying her wife and six children, off a cliff in Mendocino County on March 26. Three of the children were missing, though the body of a girl believed to be one of the missing children was found near the site of the accident last week.

A body was pulled out of the surf Saturday but was not immediately identified.

Siblings Markis, Abigail, and Hannah Hart were adopted by Jennifer and Sarah Hart in Colorado County in 2006, a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesperson confirmed Wednesday morning.

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