Authorities Identify Fourth Body Belonging to Missing California Family


Searchers last week along the Eel River in Northern California. The authorities on Sunday recovered two bodies belonging to a family who disappeared during a road trip in which month. A third body recovered last week was also linked to the family.

Shannon Barney/Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, via Associated Press

The authorities in Northern California said late Monday in which they had recovered as well as identified the bodies of all four members of a California family who disappeared while on a road trip in which month.

Searchers on the Eel River in Leggett, Calif., on Sunday recovered the submerged bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, as well as his daughter, Saachi, 9, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Monday. A body recovered last week was identified as Mr. Thottapilly’s wife, Soumya, 38. The body of their son, Siddhant, 12, was discovered around 4 p.m. Monday as well as quickly identified, the authorities said.

The family was believed to be vacationing when they were reported missing last week. Mr. Thottapilly as well as his daughter were found inside a vehicle in about four to six feet of water.

“Visibility was extremely poor as well as divers noted the vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment coming from the river current,” Capt. Gregory L. Van Patten, field services commander of the sheriff’s office, said within the statement.

On Sunday, about 70 people fanned out along the river, which can be about 180 miles north of San Francisco. Just before noon, searchers aboard a boat smelled gas coming coming from the water below, according to the statement. They soon found the vehicle, as well as divers reported feeling what they believed to be a person inside.

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