Woman killed herself, 3 kids by driving off cliff: cops

COURTESY Ada County Sheriff's Office                       Ada County Sheriff's Office

The June 2016 deaths of an Idaho mom and her three young children have been ruled as intentional, according to a statement from the Ada County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle sank in 40 feet of water in Lucky Peak Lake.

A Boise woman intentionally steered her SUV off a cliff into Lucky Peak a year ago, killing herself and her three children, Ada County Sheriff's Office investigators have found.

Specialists found the collections of Bankhead, 13-year-old Anika Voermans, 11-year-old Logan Voermans and 8-year-old Gwyneth Voermans when the vehicle, whose rooftop was pounded, was recouped from the supply. The SUV landed in a reservoir.

The cause of death Bankhead and her three children -- girls Anika and Gwyneth Voermans, ages 13 and 8, and 11-year-old boy Logan Voermans -- is listed as drowning associated with blunt force trauma. (HANDOUT)Noel Bankhead murder suicide: Retribution for her husband leaving her?

Authorities said that witnesses told investigators that Bankhead was driving on a state highway when she turned off and positioned the auto toward the cliff, then suddenly accelerated.

The absence of skid marks led investigators to the belief that the mother had intentionally driven off the cliff.

Investigators spent over a year attempting to get data from the Land Rover's water-damaged Event Data Recorder (EDR), which measures things like speed, braking, acceleration, and fault codes - like if a "check engine" light was on -- but were not able to do so, despite sending it Land Rover's European offices twice, the ACSO release said.

Sheriff's office spokesman Patrick Orr declined comment on Bankhead's motive.

Bankhead's autopsy revealed that she had no alcohol or medication in her system at the time.

The investigation into the crash stretched on for more than a year.

She experienced a separation around two years previously the crash, and was recognized as an energetic sprinter and all day working guardian who had been a paralegal and lawful secretary for over twenty years.

Obituaries described her children as active and curious with various interests and hobbies.

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