Large Scale Search of Area Where Hart Family Crashed Near the Ocean Looking for Three Missing Juveniles to Begin Tomorrow at Low Tide
On 04-02-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received information that Jennifer Hart may have been seen on 03-25-2018 at a business in Fort Bragg, California.
Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained video footage from the business and noted it was of a poor quality resolution. The footage was provided to CHP investigators who are working with FBI agents in an attempt to enhance the viewing quality.
As of 04-03-2018 the search for the missing children (Hannah Hart, DeVonte Hart and Sierra Hart) is still ongoing.
As of this date it is still unclear if the missing children were inside the vehicle during the incident.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is focused on search efforts as if they were inside the vehicle while the California Highway Patrol is focused on search efforts as if they were not inside the vehicle. At this point there in no obvious information to suggest either possibility.
To date there has been ongoing searches including by aircraft, by boat and by land in the area of the crash site and the shoreline in Mendocino County and Sonoma County. Search & Rescue divers have been unable to dive in the area of the crash site due to unsafe ocean conditions.
A large scale Search & Rescue operation with approximately 71 searchers is schedule to begin on 04-04-2018 at 8:00 AM during low tide conditions with the base of the operation being located at the MacKerricher State Park.
The search area will focus 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 will be conducted from the crash site with focus to the south of that location. This search is anticipated to include aircraft, boat and land searchers.
The following public safety agencies will be participating in the 04-04-2018 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
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the following public safety agencies that have assisted thus far in the missing persons and coroner’s investigation to date:
Westport Fire Department
Fort Bragg Fire Department
California Highway Patrol
Portland Oregon Police Department
Clark County Washington Sheriff’s Office
Grant County South Dakota Sheriff’s Office
Huron City South Dakota Police Department
Cowlitz County Department of Social Services
Alameda County California Sheriff’s Office
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 a 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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