All bodies of missing Southern California family found

All bodies of missing Southern California family found

Two more bodies of a family who disappeared after their vehicle drove off the road into a fast moving Eel River April 6 were recovered over the weekend along with the vehicle itself The search continues for the fourth missing family member.

Earlier this month, the Thottapilly family was driving to their home in Santa Clarita, California, from Portland, Oregon, authorities said.

Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his nine-year-old daughter Saachi were found inside the submerged vehicle April 15. Divers returned to the rain-swollen waters Monday and found the body of 12-year-old Siddhant Thottapilly about 6 miles north of the crash site, which is downstream, officials said.

According to a report from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, the Sunday search consisted of 21 water searchers which included two Jet Ski teams, two boat teams and several Kayak/Carlson board teams. It was on Siddhant Thottapilly's body which was missing. "These items were of a personal nature and will not be described further at this time, but it does confirm the fact the vehicle that was seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family".

Now that the vehicle has been recovered, the highway patrol will conduct a complete mechanical inspection as part of the accident investigation.

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The force of the river caused a lot of damage to the vehicle and windows to break, said Bartley, theorizing that Soumya Thottapilly was likely shaken loose from the force of the water, and floated away in the rapid river. They soon found the vehicle, and divers reported feeling what they believed to be a person inside. That evening, at approximately 6:30 p.m., rescuers were able to partially remove the Honda Pilot from the river by using a tow truck.

"Several items have been positively identified, by family members, as belonging to the Thottapilly family", it said.

The family was believed to be vacationing when they were reported missing last week.

On April 6, witnesses reported seeing a similar-looking vehicle falling off a steep embankment and into the Eel River off U.S. Route 101 near Leggett, a small camping and hiking destination in Northern California, authorities said. A body was found in the ocean at the scene, but it has not been identified.

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