[FONT=&]From Newport, Oregon, the family drove south on Highway 101 all day until cellphone pings indicate they reached Legget in Mendocino County, and turned onto Highway 1, the CHP said. Authorities believe they reached Fort Bragg about 8 p.m. March 24. Surveillance footage from a Fort Bragg Safeway showed Jen Hart purchasing bananas about 8:15 a.m. the next morning. CHP Officer Cal Robertson, a spokesman for the agencys northern division, said the family left town at 9 p.m.
So what were they doing, where were they for those 24 hrs plus? Presumably sleeping in the vehicle and/or awake at various times? What must have the family conversations been about, or were they just between the parents and shielded from the children? What were the kids doing and did they try to talk amongst themselves?
To me, these hours are key to what broke-down. I choose not to speculate on what went-on, beyond just noting that there was a long stay and a lot of 'something' that went-down before they took-off and soon arrived at the turnout/cliff.