Questions surrounding whether the vehicle was deliberately driven off the road.
Five people - the Hart parents and three of their children - were found dead.
Deputy Chief Hutchinson also said that one family member, Adam Stephenson's brother, chose to skip the trip to the Space Center to see the launch of #Elon Musk's Space X rocket [VIDEO], the #Falcon 9 embarking on a second mission to the International Space Station and was staying at their rented house in the town of Davenport, roughly 70 miles from Orlando. Investigators aren't certain whether they were in the SUV when it tumbled into the sea. These were the siblings of child they had adopted in January.
Recently in Lincoln County, 23-year-old Rebecca DeGregory was sacked from Mini Academy Daycare and according to police, charged with child abuse after pulling an 18-month old's hair.
Siblings Abigail, Hannah and Markis were adopted first, in September 2006, in Colorado County, according to Butler. Out-of-state adoptions are not uncommon, according to Butler.
The family got attention after Devonte Hart was photographed during a 2014 protest in Portland, Oregon, over a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri.
Devonte had been holding a sign offering "Free Hugs".
"This specific location is very hard to search because the ocean currents and tides are strong, it's unpredictable, and the murkiness of the water makes it hard to see", Captain Greg Van Patten, a spokesman for the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, told the Associated Press, in a public statement.
Hart and Sarah Hart, 38, a married white couple who lived in Woodland, Washington, were killed in the March 26 crash along with at least three of their African-American children. Emergency responders recovered the bodies of Markis, Jeremiah and Abigail outside the SUV.
Jas was called to the home to inspect the house, and found that there were barely any personal belongings and a completely empty fridge. There were no skid marks at the scene.
Authorities don't know exactly when the wreck took place. The CHP spokesperson told KOIN 6 News that the vehicle, a 2003 GMC SUV, came to a stop 70-feet from the edge - approximately 5 feet off the highway - before it accelerated and plunged off the cliff.
Three of the children are still missing.
Wang's father claimed his child's remains today to cremate her and bring her ashes back to China. She was sentenced to community service and one year of probation. The family stayed in that area until the next evening, the state patrol said, officials said.
Another neighbor, Bill Groener, said the children were home-schooled and kept inside most of the time. This has led police to believe the crash was intentional. Malicious punishment of a child carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine; the two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault have a maximum penalty of ninety days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
"This was actually a vision that God had given us and we prayed and prayed because it was not something we really wanted to do", Karen said.
DeKalb said Devonte was the only child he saw doing chores outside, such as taking the garbage bins to and from the street.
Dana DeKalb said Devonte told her his parents were "punishing them by withholding food". "The current system failed to protect these children from their abusers", Argyropoulos said. But she didn't answer the door.
"At this point in our investigation, that is the direction we are going", Baarts said. By the next morning, the family and their vehicle were gone. Police referred media questions to the Oregon Department of Human Services, which cited privacy laws in refusing to say whether the agency was involved. He said the family was "very private".
On March 29, Clark County, Washington, sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at the family's Woodland home, looking for any evidence in the missing persons case, Sgt. Brent Waddell said then.