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Sheriff: Mother purposely drove off cliff with three children inside in 2016 crash

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In June of 2016, deputies say Noel Bankhead drove her Land Rover off a cliff on the side of East Spring Shores Road off Highway 21 just before 7 a.m. (Ada County Sheriff)

The Ada County Sheriff's office says a 40-year-old mother of three young children purposely drove off a cliff into Lucky Peak Reservoir with her three children inside in a summer 2016 crash.

In June of 2016, deputies say Noel Bankhead drove her Land Rover off a cliff on the side of East Spring Shores Road off Highway 21 just before 7 a.m.

The SUV went under about 40 feet of water before it hit the bottom. 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.

The coroner listed the children's death as homicide and Bankhead's death as a suicide.