Authorities Find Two More Bodies of Valencia Family Vanished

Authorities Find Two More Bodies of Valencia Family Vanished

Two days earlier, the body of 38-year-old Soumya Thottapilly was pulled from the river. The couple's 12-year-old son, Sidhhanty Thottapilly, remains missing.

More than a week after an Indian family went missing in U.S., 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.

The family began a trip to Portland, Oregon, in a 2016 Maroon Honda Pilot from their Valencia home on March 30. But the Thottapillys never made it to San Jose and were later reported missing, police said.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that they have found the bodies of 41-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and 9-year-old Saachi Thottapilly after searchers located the SUV on Sunday in the Eel River. MORE: Witness recalls SUV matching missing Valencia family's vehicle flipping into Eel River The family was scheduled to arrive to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 as a strong storm dumped rain on Northern California, but never showed up, authorities said.

"Visibility was extremely poor and divers noted the vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment from the river current", Capt. Gregory L. Van Patten, field services commander of the sheriff's office, said in the statement.

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Soumya Thottapilly was found in an area previously covered with water from the storm-swollen river. The family was last heard from in the town of Klamath, Del Norte County, on April 5, they said.

The Klamath River and a string of state and federal redwood parks lie along US 101, north of where motorists saw the vehicle fall into the Eel River. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8.

Farther south, authorities were still looking for the missing members of a different family whose SUV plunged off a towering ocean bluff along the Pacific Coast Highway last month. The crash killed a married couple, Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and at least three of their six children. Authorities say they believe the crash was intentional.

The body has been identified as that of 12-year-old Sidhhanty Thottapilly.

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