Authorities Identify Three Bodies Belonging to Missing California Family

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Authorities say they have recovered their SUV with two bodies inside, the father and his 9-year-old daughter.

Bodies of two members of a family - which went missing in the U.S. last week while travelling from OR to California - have been found inside their SUV, which was submerged in Eel River.

More than a week after an Indian family went missing in USA, their SUV that had fallen into a rain-swollen Northern California river has been found with two bodies inside, authorities said on Monday, as per a report in the New York Post.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said the initial discovery was made on Sunday, as searchers were scouring the Eel River in Legget, California.


Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river have found the vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it.

The discovery followed more than a week of search efforts for Sandeep Thottapilly, his wife, Soumya, and their two children, who disappeared while traveling to meet with family members in San Jose.

The family began a trip to Portland, Oregon, in a 2016 Maroon Honda Pilot from their Valencia home on March 30. Around 11:30 a.m., a team of searchers on a boat noticed a gasoline smell coming from the water approximately half a mile north of the site where the Thottapilly family's auto was reported to have crashed.

The vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment from the river current, and it took hours for the auto to be towed out of the water.


The bodies of his father and 9-year-old sister were found inside the submerged auto on Sunday and his mother's body was found last Friday. Their son, Siddhant, 12, remained missing.

"We believe that the law enforcement agencies are looking for Sandeep and family, but they haven't communicated anything to us till now".

They were reported missing on April 8 when they failed to show up for a visit at their relatives place in San Jose. Visibility was extremely poor and divers noted the vehicle was encased ina large amount of sediment from the river current, a media release said. Sandeep, Soumya, Siddhant, and Saachi were last seen in Klamath, in Del Norte County on April 5.

The incident happened about 30 miles from the area where another family's SUV plunged 100 feet down a cliff off the scenic Pacific Coast Highway and into the ocean. A body was pulled from the surf April 7 but has not been identified.


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