On March 26, 2018, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic accident off Highway 1, north of Westport, California. The bodies of a Washington couple and five of their six children were eventually found in and around a vehicle that had crashed over a cliff and landed along the surf line. One of the couple’s children, Devonte Jordan Hart, a 15-year-old African-American male, is currently unaccounted for and his whereabouts remain unknown. He may have last been seen with the family members traveling in a brown 2003 Yukon XL SUV with tinted windows, which is the same vehicle that crashed.
The FBI, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, and California Highway Patrol are asking for assistance from anyone who has any knowledge of the case, including sightings prior to the traffic accident. The family may have traveled to, or visited, the following locations or campgrounds prior to the accident:
Ten Mile Beach in Westport, California, near Fort Bragg, California
Russian Gulch south of Fort Bragg, California
MacKerricher State Park in Mendocino County, California
Surfwood Campground in Mendocino County, California
Pinewood Campground in Mendocino County, California
Cleone Campground in Mendocino County, California