Car, 4 family members found after deadly Mendocino Co. cliff crash

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On Sunday, searchers discovered a vehicle in the river about a half-mile downstream of the reported crash site, near Leggett, the sheriff's office said.

Searchers have found the body of the last missing member of an Indian family which perished when their sport utility vehicle plunged into a swollen river in the USA state of California some 11 days ago. Crews partially removed the auto with a tow truck and recovered the bodies of the father and daughter, the sheriff's office said. Once recovered the body was identified by family members.

Inside the vehicle, which was recovered Sunday, were the bodies of 41-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and his 9-year-old daughter, Saachi.

The office says 70 searchers combed the area, including more than 20 crew members searching the water in Jet Skis, boats and kayaks.

Searchers yesterday found the body of Siddhant Thottapilly, 12, the last to be found after the family of four went missing.

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Afile photo released by The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office shows a search underway along the Eel River in Northern California.

The Thottapilly family, from Santa Clarita, disappeared in early April while driving in a Honda Pilot through the Redwood Coast Highway on vacation, officials said.

The vehicle was about 4 to 6 feet beneath the water, but visibility was poor and the vehicle was covered in sediment from the river current. The body of 38-year-old Soumya Thottapilly was found Friday. They were reported missing when they failed to arrive at a relative's home in San Jose for a Friday stopover.

Sandeep was a Vice-President at Union Bank, while Soumya was a stay-at-home parent. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected. The crash killed a married couple, Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and at least three of their six children.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told TIME: "There are more reasons to believe that this was intentional than there are to believe that this was an accident". A body was pulled from the surf April 7 but has not been identified.

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