Bruce and Dana De Kalb said that the 15-year-old asked them to leave food out in a box and that his mothers were "punishing" him by not feeding him.
The vehicle was found upside down and partially submerged at the bottom of the cliff, and authorities recovered the bodies of two women and three of their six adopted children.
A couple vacationing near the coast spotted the body floating in the surf not far from the crash site on Saturday afternoon, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities have yet to identify the body, which they described as that of an African-American female.
The family's 2003 GMC Yukon LX was found at the bottom of the cliff in nearby Westport, California, two days later.
Days before the family left Washington, child services officials there had begun investigating the Harts for “alleged abuse or neglect.” The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services said it tried to contact the Harts on March 23 after receiving a report of alleged abuse but was unable to reach them.
"If this was an intentional act, I truly believe we are going to come to that conclusion." Police are asking anyone with information about the family to come forward.
Especially those who say them in the days before the crash.Jennifer Jean Hart — who was the driver — and her wife, Sarah Margaret Hart, both, 38, were found dead.Also killed were Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail 14.The three children who have not been found are still considered missing people, and the best case scenario is that they were not in the vehicle at the time of the crash.RELATED: New Details About The Teen Who Sent Photos Of A Dying Girl To His Friends Before Sexually Assaulting Her As She Passed Away Emily Blackwood is an editor at Your Tango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on Your Tango’s Facebook page.Three other children, Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, were not found and are feared to be dead.A DNA test, which could take several weeks, will determine whether the body found on Saturday was either Hannah's or Sierra's, the sheriff's office said.(AP) Officials recovered a body floating near a Northern California cliff where a family's SUV plunged 100 feet into the ocean, setting off a search for three missing children.The discovery Saturday could be the first significant break nearly two weeks after investigators say the GMC Yukon was intentionally driven off the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.Court documents there show that one of the couple's daughters had come to school with bruises on her back and stomach.Sarah Hart told police that she lost her temper and bent the girl over a bathtub and spanked her.