Hannah Hart, one of 6 adopted children who perished when a lesbian couple committed murder-suicide earlier this year, may never be officially identified. Hannah is pictured far left with her siblings and parents.
Authorities say Jennifer Hart, center, was drunk when she got behind the wheel of her SUV and drove the family off a cliff near Westport, Calif. on or before March 26.
Searchers recovered the bodies of Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children, 19-year-old Markis Hart, 14-year-old Jeremiah Hart and 14-year-old Abigail Hart.
Two more bodies later washed up onshore. One of the remains was identified as 12-year-old Cierra Hart, pictured 3rd from left. But a skeletal female foot found inside a child’s sneaker may never be positively identified as 16-year-old Hannah Hart due to a lack of familial DNA.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in an email to CrimeOnline Thursday that the familial DNA they have is not sufficient to make a positive ID on the foot.
“The DNA work is still pending as we are in search of a better comparison sample for identification purposes,” Captain Gregory L. Van Patten wrote. Patten did not respond to a follow-up email from CrimeOnline.
According to CrimeOnline, the sheriff’s office has stopped releasing information on the Hart family investigation.
The news media has buried the Hart family story and shifted their focus to the separation of immigrant families at the border.
Devonte Hart, 15, (pictured 3rd from right) and Hannah Hart, 16, are still considered missing.
Devonte gained Internet fame when he was photographed embraced a Seattle cop and crying.
Child Protective Services of Washington state confirmed launching an investigation into complaints that the couple was abusing and starving their six adopted children.