Body of last missing Indian family member found in California river

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The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says that around 4 p.m. Monday, searchers found the body of a boy submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles downstream from where the SUV crashed.

Searchers have found the body of the last missing person from a family that perished after their SUV plunged into a rain-swollen river in Northern California.

Last week, the rescue team had found the body of a woman, later identified to be that of Soumya (Sandeep's wife), along with remains of the vehicle and some belongings of the Thottapilly family.


An autopsy is expected to be performed this week as part of the investigation into the incident.

The smell of gasoline about a half-mile (1 kilometer) downstream from where the crash was reported, led the investigators to the vehicle.

The vehicle was encased in sediment and visibility was poor but divers believed there was at least one body inside, officials said. Crews partially removed the auto with a tow truck and recovered the bodies, the sheriff's office said. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8.


Siddhant Thottapilly was the last to be found after the family of four went missing earlier this month.

The search and rescue teams in the United States recovered the bodies of two more members of the Indian American family that had gone missing while travelling from OR to California about 10 days ago.

The bodies were recovered on Sunday inside the vehicle, a Honda Pilot, which was recovered from about 4-6 feet of the Eel River.


Dozens of searchers had been combing the river with jet skis, boats and kayaks, along with dive teams. MORE: Witness recalls SUV matching missing Valencia family's auto flipping into Eel River The family was scheduled to arrive to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 as a strong storm dumped rain on Northern California, but never showed up, authorities said. In that case, Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their six children were found dead at the scene and three other children remain missing.

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