Searchers find vehicle in California river, two bodies inside

  • Searchers find vehicle in California river, two bodies inside

Searchers find vehicle in California river, two bodies inside

Searchers have found the body of a 12-year-old boy, the last missing member of an Indian family of four which perished when their sports utility vehicle plunged into a swollen river in the USA state of California some 11 days ago.

The boy's mother, Soumya Thottapilly, 38, was found Friday miles from the crash site in an area previously covered with water from the storm-swollen river.

The bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi Thottapilly were recovered from inside the vehicle on Sunday. Sandeep Thottapilly, his wife Soumya, son Siddhant, and daughter Saachi were traveling from Portland to San Jose when they went missing.

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. They were reported missing April 8 after failing to show up for a visit with relatives in San Jose.

Crews searching for a family whose vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river more than a week ago have found the sport utility vehicle and the bodies of a man and a girl inside, authorities said yesterday.

Mid-day April 15, a boating team noticed a gasoline smell emitting from the water approximately a half mile downstream of the reported crash site. "The searchers began to probe the water and located a vehicle submerged approximately 4-6 feet beneath the water".

"Search divers entered the water and were able to feel what they believed to be a person inside of the vehicle". The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said Monday, April 16, 2018, that searchers located the auto Sunday and recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi Thottapilly. A tow truck then removed the vehicle, which was encased in a large amount of sediment.

On Sunday, 70 searchers using Jet Skis, boats and kayaks worked along the river in an ongoing effort to find the vehicle and family. Responding to his message, Swaraj said: "I am in constant touch with our consulate in San Francisco".