Bodies of all missing Thottapilly family members found

Bodies of all missing Thottapilly family members found

A day earlier, a team smelled gasoline about half a mile from the crash site, along Highway 101 south of Dora Creek, and located the sport utility vehicle under 4 to 6 feet of water.

After the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter Saachi, 9, were found on Sunday, the body of the fourth and final missing member of the Thottapilly family was recovered from the Eel River in Leggett Monday afternoon, it is learnt.

Searchers located the vehicle Sunday in the Eel River and recovered the bodies of 41-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and 9-year-old Saachi Thottapilly, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Search teams have recovered the last member of a Southern California family of four who went missing more than a week ago while driving home from OR, officials said. Still missing is the Thottapillys' son Siddhant, 12; search and rescue efforts are still underway to find the young boy.

Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect.


Sandeep was a Vice-President at Union Bank, while Soumya was a stay-at-home parent.

"Search divers entered the water and were able to feel what they believed to be a person inside of the vehicle". Autopsies will be performed on all three victims April 17.

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.

The vehicle was encased in sediment and visibility was poor but divers believed there was at least one body inside, officials said. They were reported missing April 8.

After seven hours of recovery efforts, the vehicle was partially removed from the river by a tow truck. The family was last heard from in the town of Klamath, Del Norte County, on April 5. Responding to his message, Swaraj said: "I am in constant touch with our consulate in San Francisco".

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