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U.S. rescue team recovers bodies of missing Indian, daughter

U.S. rescue team recovers bodies of missing Indian, daughter

When the Thottapillys had not shown up on the afternoon of April 8, Soumya's relatives called the San Jose Police Department, Officer Gina Teeporten told India-West.

Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, were found dead inside a vehicle encased in sediment in the Eel River, the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office said. Another search operation was conducted Monday in and around the Eel River in an attempt to locate Siddhant Thottapilly, a 12-year-old boy, who still remains missing.

A body found in a northern California river on Friday might be of a member of a missing Indian-American family of four, authorities suspect. Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river found the vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it.

Rescue workers have been using helicopters, boats equipped with sonar, kayaks and river boards. They soon found the vehicle, and divers reported feeling what they believed to be a person inside.

Sandeep worked as a vice-president with the Union Bank and lived in Los Angeles with his family.

Dana and Bruce Dekalb, who were neighbors of the Harts, reported the family to Child Protective Services, they said, because some of the children, including Devonte, had come to them asking for food and telling them they didn't want to go home. He grew up in Surat, Gujarat, and settled down in the United States over 15 years ago, a relative said.




A poster shared by friends and family on Facebook said their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area".

A powerful storm dropped 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 centimetres) of rain the day the family went missing.

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. Investigators said that vehicle may have been intentionally driven off the cliff.

Carpenter also said that Sarah Hart and two of the couple's children had "a significant amount" of an ingredient found in Benadryl in their system, the Associated Press reported.

The captain noted that the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Division identified on April 15 the body it had found two days earlier as Soumya Somanath Thottapilly.


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