Rescuers Continue Searching for Children Missing After Highway 1 Crash
Ongoing search efforts continued on 04-04-2018 which consisted of shoreline and aerial searches of the Mendocino County coastline.
These searches were unsuccessful in locating the missing children (Hannah Hart, DeVonte Hart and Sierra Hart) or physical evidence associated with this investigation.
The Search & Rescue operation consisted of 74 volunteer searchers and 10 law enforcement personnel.
The search area focused from the Noyo Harbor to the MacKerricher State Park based upon ocean current and drift pattern analysis conducted by the US Coast Guard. A further search was conducted at the crash site and also focused to the south of that location.
The following public safety agencies participated in the search operation:
Contra Costa County Search & Rescue
Bay Area Mountain Rescue
San Mateo County Search & Rescue
Marin County Search & Rescue
Sonoma County Search & Rescue
Lake County Search & Rescue
Mendocino County Search & Rescue
California Highway Patrol
Further large scale Search & Rescue operations are being postponed due to a pending weather event expected to bring heavy rain and winds to the Mendocino County coast for the next few days.
Searches of the Mendocino County coastline will continue with on-duty patrol deputies as calls for service allow until future Search & Rescue operations can be safely conducted after the conclusion of the weather event.
Information released on 04-04-2018 by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office incorrectly stated that Jennifer Hart and Sarah Hart were wearing a seat-belt during the incident.
Investigators from the California Highway Patrol MAIT team (Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team) determined Jennifer Hart and Sarah Hart were not wearing seat-belts during the incident. This determination was made during the MAIT team’s inspection of the vehicle.
Ongoing updates/photos will also be posted on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office facebook page as information becomes available (https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff).
Due to the massive media attention related to this incident the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving an overwhelming amount of telephone calls and emails. The massive number of inquires for information is hampering the routine daily operations of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
In an attempt to resolve this situation the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will be sending out an electronic written press release each day at 9:00 AM highlighting information from the previous day’s investigative work.
All telephone call and email inquires will be referred directly to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release page on our website.
Anyone wishing to subscribe to the Sheriff’s Office automated press release notification system can do so by visiting www.mendocinosheriff.com and by accessing the press release page on the website.
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