The lesbian mothers who died on Monday along with at least three of their six adopted children after plunging 100ft over a coastal cliff in California had been reported to Child Protective Services days earlier for allegedly starving their kids.
On Friday, neighbors of Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, called CPS to report that their son Devonte had come to their home asking for food every day for a week.
They said Devonte - who made national headlines when he was pictured hugging a police officer during a 2014 protest - asked them to leave food out in a box for him and said his mothers were 'punishing' him by not feeding him.
In 2017, another of the children came to their home at 1.30am asking for their 'protection', they said.
Police do not know yet if the family was driving north or southbound when they turned on to the cliff edge.
Their vehicle was spotted in the water by a passerby on Monday. No one saw it go over the edge, according to police.
'I don't know that they were parked and continued to roll. I don't know if it rolled over the edge, if it launched over the edge.
'We will not know until we get all our tests and photographs back,' said a Highway Patrol officer on Wednesday.
By the time they were found, police say they had been in the water for several hours.
In Woodland, Washington, the family lived in a $400,000 home which they bought in 2017.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. They are asking for anyone who may have seen them in a restaurant or hotel in the days beforehand to contact them.
They are also still considering the three children who were not found as missing people and say in the best case scenario, they were not in the vehicle at the time of the crash. It is not clear what either woman did for a living.