Searchers find body of last missing family member in California river accident

Searchers find body of last missing family member in California river accident

Searchers find body of last missing family member in California river accident

MORE: Witness recalls SUV matching missing Valencia family's auto 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.

Siddhant Thottapilly was the last to be found after the family of four went missing earlier this month.

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

Searchers located the vehicle Sunday in the Eel River and recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, the Mendocino County sheriff's office said in a statement. Coroner's officials were later able to identify that individual as Soumya Thottapilly, 38. The couple's 12-year-old son, Sidhhanty Thottapilly, remains missing.

Siddhant Thottapilly's body was recovered 6 miles north of the reported crash site, it added. The personnel comes from more than a dozen agencies, including the Marin County Fire Department, Southern Marin Fire Department, Kentfield Fire District, Hopland Fire Department, Rescue Solutions, Piercy Volunteer Fire Department, Leggett Volunteer Fire Department, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Humboldt County Search & Rescue, Napa County Search & Rescue, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team, Little Lake Fire District, Mendocino County Search & Rescue, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, Graton Fire Department, Santa Rosa Fire Department, Sonoma Valley Fire Department, Shasta County Sheriff's Office and Shasta County Search & Rescue.

It says the vehicle was encased in sediment but that divers were able to feel a person inside the auto.

The family was traveling from Portland to their home in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. They had been travelling south from OR along Highway 101 when the incident occurred, officials said.

On Sunday, 70 searchers using Jet Skis, boats and kayaks worked along the river in an ongoing effort to find the vehicle and family.

The boy's body was found about six miles north of where the family's vehicle was said to have crashed. Authorities said they found "various personal items consistent with a family travelling on vacation" during the course of the two-day search.

According to the San Jose Police Department, the family of Sandeep Thottapilly was supposed to have arrived to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 but did not make it as scheduled.

Sandeep Thottapilly grew up in Surat city in Gujarat and settled down in the United States over 15 years ago.

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