What we know: Timeline of the Hart family tragedy

Investigators with the California Highway Patrol work at the scene where a couple and several of their children plunged in their SUV off Highway 1, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, near Fort Bragg, Calif. Searchers scoured the Northern California coast Wednesday for missing children of a couple who were killed along with three of their other children when their SUV plunged off scenic Pacific Coast Highway onto rocks in the ocean. (Chris Calder/Fort Bragg Advocate-News & The Mendocino Beacon via AP)

The Hart family mystery began Friday, March 23 at their home in Woodland. A Washington Child Protective Service Caseworker showed up after neighbors called CPS, concerned for the six children living at the home.

Neighbor, Dana DeKalb, says one of the kids asked her for food.

"Non-perishable food items and was asking that he not tell his mom and to hide it and put it by the fence so he could get to it. And that they were withholding food from him as punishment," DeKalb told KATU.

The CPS caseworker left a card in the door, and after leaving, neighbors say the entire Hart family loaded into the family's SUV and left in a hurry.

On Monday afternoon, March 26, someone spotted the family's SUV on its roof, 100 feet down a rocky ocean-side cliff along Highway 1 in Mendocino County. Police found five people dead, two women inside and three children thrown from vehicle.

Police are trying to figure out how and why it happened.

"It was very confusing scene. There were no skid marks, no brake marks," says Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman.

On Wednesday, March 28, we learn, officially, that it was Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their children who died: Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14.

Three others are still missing and feared dead, Hannah, 16, Sierra, 12 and Devonte, 15. Devonte is a well-known face in our community and the country because of a famous photo of him hugging a Portland police officer at a protest over police shootings of black men back in 2014.

"I have no idea what those children would have gone on to do, and I'm really sad at this point is all we can do is imagine," says Zippy Lomax, a friend of the family.

She is saddened and stunned over the deaths, and of the alleged child abuse claims.

"None of that computes. I'll tell you none of that lines up with the people that we all knew," Lomax says. "Jen and Sarah, I think, were the parents that this world desperately needs."

On Thursday, KATU received detailed information on the criminal complaint, which led to Sarah Hart's conviction of domestic abuse of her then 6-year-old daughter in Minnesota.

On Thursday, around noon, KATU learned that the Clark County Sheriff's Office got a warrant to search the Woodland home.

And late Thursday afternoon, KATU learned that all six children were biologically related.

Stay with KATU as this story develops.

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