Last missing California family member found dead

Last missing California family member found dead

An inter-agency search and rescue team has recovered two more bodies of an Indian American family who were feared drowned in a California river some 10 days ago, United States officials said on Tuesday. His parents are based out of Surat, in Gujarat, while Soumya's family stays in Kochi.

The boy's mother, Soumya Thottapilly, 38, was found Friday miles from the crash site in an area previously covered with water from the storm-swollen river. "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.

It says the vehicle was encased in sediment but that divers were able to feel a person inside the auto. Visibility was extremely poor and divers noted the vehicle was encased ina large amount of sediment from the river current, a media release said.

Several hours later, the divers made a gruesome discovery - inside the SUV were the bodies of father Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his 9-year-old daughter Saachi. The couple's 12-year-old son, Sidhhant Thottapilly remains missing.

A team on a boat smelled gasoline about half a mile downstream from where the crash was reported and found the SUV.

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The Thottapilly family was driving a maroon Honda Pilot with California plate 7MMX138.

CHP Garberville Commander Randy England said the family checked out of a Holiday Inn at 10 a.m. that day.

The family was on a road trip to Portland, Oregon and coming back to their home in California, when they went missing. They were reported missing April 8. He was the last family member unaccounted for after the crash. "It was cloudy and pouring rain".

Searchers on Monday found the body of a 12-year-old boy in a Northern California river - the last of four family members who perished when their sport utility vehicle plunged into the rain-swollen torrent. This week, water levels have subsided enough to allow for a more concentrated search, the sheriff's office said. Searchers found a vehicle submerged between 4-6 feet under the water.

The teams accessed the river in inflatable boats and using smaller floatation devices.

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