Woman's body found in river linked to missing Indian family in US

Body Discovered Near Site of California Cliff Crash That Killed Family

The bodies recovered by the search teams have been identified as that of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter Saachi, nine.

The bodies of two members of a California family of four who went missing earlier this month were found inside a vehicle encased in sediment in the Eel River, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said.

"Searchers subsequently recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi Thottapilly from inside the vehicle", the Sheriff Office said adding that the autopsies are expected to be performed this week as part of the coroner's investigation into the incident.

The body was found seven miles downstream from the location where it was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 1:10 p.m. last Friday that a vehicle went over a steep embankment on U.S. Highway 101 south of Dora Creek, north of Leggett.

Searchers are still looking for the couple's son, 12-year-old Siddhant. A body was found in the ocean at the scene, but it has not been identified.

On Sunday, about 70 people fanned out along the river, which is about 180 miles north of San Francisco.

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DeSpain also released a photo of Baker and a surveillance photo that police said shows him walking near the time of the crime. He was last seen wearing a tan and grey baseball hat, black framed glasses, a blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

"The teams were unsuccessful in locating the vehicle or any occupants from the vehicle", CHP Officer William Wunderlich wrote in his update posted on the CHP Facebook page. Also located were various personal items that were consistent with a family travelling on vacation.

Officials last week determined the vehicle belonged to the Thottapilly family.

"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", the California Highway Patrol said. Their last known location was near Klamath near the OR border.

The discovery followed more than a week of search efforts for Sandeep Thottapilly, his wife, Soumya, and their two children, who disappeared while traveling to meet with family members in San Jose.

The family began a trip to Portland, Oregon, in a 2016 Maroon Honda Pilot from their Valencia home on March 30. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8.

Sandeep, originally from Kerala, grew up in Surat city in Gujarat and settled down in the USA over 15 years ago.

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