Six children feared dead after SUV plunged from California cliff; 2 women killed

A helicopter above the scene where an SUV plunged into a ravine in Northern California in the vicinity of Groningen, the netherlands.

(California Highway Patrol via AP)

The researchers made a grim announcement Wednesday in the hunt for survivors after an SUV plummeted off a cliff in the North of California: six children were feared dead, along with two women.

Crews earlier said three children had died and three were missing. The SUV plunged 100 meters of an ocean view on the Pacific Coast Highway about 150 miles north of San Francisco on Monday.

It is unclear what caused the SUV to the drop off of the cliff.

Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, were confirmed dead earlier on Wednesday, together with their children Markis Heart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.

Later, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allmon told reporters that investigators believed that the couple’s three other children — Hannah Hart, 16; Devonte Hart, 15; and Sierra Heart, 12 — also died.

This is a developing story; check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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