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Indian family missing in California: Woman’s body found

Found a woman’s body which was washed up near the swollen Eel river, who was a members of Indian family had gone missing in April 8, have been searching by officials. Authorities will conduct an autopsy early next week to identify the body.

The family — Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, his wife Soumya Thottapilly, 38, and their two kids Siddhanth, 12 and Saachi, 9, who were on a road trip from Portland, Oregon to San Jose in Southern California and no report about them, declared as missing.

California’s Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: “Searchers located the deceased body of an adult female approximately seven miles north of the reported crash site (Eel River flows in a northern direction).”

Search agencies went to the corners for the family for over a week as their work was severely obstructed by constant rains in the area. As the waters receded, the rescue team recovered some personal items and numerous parts of the vehicle, a maroon Honda Pilot, believed to be driven by the family.

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“The teams were unsuccessful in locating the vehicle or any occupants from the vehicle. They were able to locate numerous items that appeared to have come from a vehicle body and interior,” the Garberville office of the California Highway Patrol said.

The office further shared: “Some of these items were consistent with a Honda vehicle. Also located were various personal items that were consistent with a family travelling on vacation. Several items have been positively identified, by the family members, as belonging to the Thottapilly family.”


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