Searches Find Two More Bodies in Missing Valencia Family Case

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The body of Siddhant Thottapilly was found at about 4 p.m. submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) downstream from where the family vehicle reportedly crashed, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Capt. Gregory L. Van Patten said in a statement.

The Thottapilly family - Sandeep, Soumya, their daughter Saachi and their 12-year-old son Siddhant - were traveling from Portland, Oregon, to San Jose when they "suddenly stopped communicating with family in Valencia" on April 5.

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. About 6:30 pm a tow truck was able to partially pull the vehicle out and two bodies were found inside it. Soumya's body was found several miles from where the vehicle went into the water. The bodies have been identified of that of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter Saachi, 9, who along with his wife, Soumya, 38, and son Siddhant, 12, went missing 10 days ago.


An inter-agency search and rescue team has recovered two more bodies of an Indian American family who were feared drowned in a California river some 10 days ago, USA officials said on Tuesday.

They were reported missing on April 8 when they failed to show up for a visit at their relatives place in San Jose. While the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and his nine-year-old daughter Saachi were found earlier, that of 12-year-old Siddhant was the last one to be found on April 16, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Their last known location was near Klamath near the OR border.

The Thottapilly family was driving a maroon Honda Pilot with California plate 7MMX138.


More than a week after an Indian family went missing in United States, 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.

Local news agencies are reporting that at least 70 searchers were involved in the rescue effort on the Eel River in Leggett, California.

The site of the crash is about 30 miles north of where another family's SUV plunged off of a cliff and crashed on the rocky Pacific Ocean shore.


Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the SUV at the time. The other three are feared to be dead.

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