Bodies of Missing Indian Family Members Recovered from California River

Bodies of Missing Indian Family Members Recovered from California River

Bodies of Missing Indian Family Members Recovered from California River

Siddhant's body was found 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 rescue teams had earlier last week found the body of a woman, who was identified as Soumya, and remains of the vehicle and the belongings of the Thottapilly family.

The family - Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, his wife Soumya Thottapilly, 38, and their two kids Siddhanth, 12 and Saachi, 9 - were on a road trip when they reportedly went missing on April 5.

A boating team on April 15 noticed a smell of gasoline emanating from the water - around half-a-mile ahead, downstream, of the reported crash site.

Bodies of Thottapilly and his daughter were found inside the SUV lying submerged between 4 and 6 feet of water.

Recovery efforts continued through the morning, until the vehicle was partially removed from the river about 6:30 p.m.

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The Mendocino Sheriff in California has recovered the bodies of all four family members of an Indian family from the Eel River in Leggett North California by Sunday night. Reportedly, the bodies were spotted inside the vehicle in which the family had crashed into the river.

Over the next few days, search and rescue crews and volunteer firefighters located several vehicle body parts, which were determined to belong to a maroon Honda Pilot.

They were expected at a family member's home in San Jose on April 6, but they never showed. "Searchers subsequently recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi from inside the vehicle", added the statement. As many as 21 water searchers, including two jet ski teams, two boat teams and many kayak teams, were looking through the waters.

According to the San Jose Police Department, the family of Sandeep Thottapilly was supposed to have arrived to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 but did not make it as scheduled.

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