A friend of Sarah Hart’s said she got an alarming text message from Sarah in the early hours of the morning after CPS visited the Hart home in Woodland, Washington.
According to The Oregonian, Cheryl Hart, who is no relation to the family, called Clark County emergency dispatch on Monday, March 26, the same day the Hart’s SUV were found at the bottom of a cliff along the Pacific Coast Highway. Cheryl, who is from Vancouver, told the dispatcher that she had not heard from Sarah Hart since 3 a.m. the Saturday before, when Sarah reportedly texted her to say she was so sick that she may need to go to the hospital.
Cheryl reportedly told the dispatcher that she had not been able to reach Sarah since she got that text message, and Sarah’s cell phone appeared to have been dead by Monday.
“Nobody has been able to get ahold of her, talk to her or seen her since,” Cheryl told the disapatcher at about 1:15 that Monday, according to 911 records obtained by The Oregonian. It is unclear if Sarah specified a type of illness in the text message to her friend.
The woman also asked police to perform a welfare check at the home. But the Harts by that time had been gone for days; police traced the family to Newport, Oregon, on Saturday morning, five hours after Sarah sent the text message.
And just three hours after that 911 call, a witness would spot the Hart family’s SUV at the rocky bottom of a cliff in the Pacific Ocean.
Jennifer and Sarah Hart were found dead in the vehicle, with Jennifer in the driver’s seat. Three of their adopted children — Markis, 19; Jeremiah, 14; an Abigail, 14 — were found dead near the SUV. And three of the children remain missing: Devonte Hart, 15; Hannah Hart, 16; and Sierra Hart, 15.
On Saturday, tourists found the body of an African-American female in the water near the crash site. Authorities have said it may take weeks for DNA testing to confirm whether it is one of the Hart girls.
[Feature image: The Hart Family/Tristan Fortsch for KATU News via Associated Press]