Authorities Identify Three Bodies Belonging to Missing California Family


Numerous personal items were recovered by search personnel and with the help of family members, it was confirmed those recovered items belonged to members of the missing Thottapilly family.

A search team on a boat smelled gasoline about a kilometre downstream from where the crash was reported and found the Honda Pilot underwater, authorities said.

The body of his wife, 38-year-old Soumya, was recovered the day before.

The four members of the Thottapilly family went missing while traveling from Portland, Oregon, to their home in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.

Investigators searching for a missing Indian family in Northern California found the body of a 12-year-old boy - the last of four members who died after their vehicle plunged into the rain-swollen Eel river. They were reported missing April 8 after failing to show up for a visit with relatives in San Jose. Sandeep, Soumya, Siddhant, and Saachi were last seen in Klamath, in Del Norte County on April 5.

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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, leading to the removal of the two bodies, the sheriff's office was cited as saying by the New York Times. "The searchers began to probe the water and located a vehicle submerged approximately 4-6 feet beneath the water", California's Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Crews searching for a family whose vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river more than a week ago have found the sport utility vehicle and the bodies of a man and a girl inside, authorities said yesterday. This provided searchers the ability to conduct a visual inspection of the inside of the vehicle.

An autopsy is expected to be performed this week, it added. Authorities say they believe the crash was intentional.

Sandeep grew up in Surat city in Gujarat and settled down in the USA over 15 years ago.