Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Body of last missing Indian family member found in California river

Body of last missing Indian family member found in California river

The body of a 12-year-old boy, the last member of an Indian family that disappeared during a road trip in U.S., has been recovered, ending a 11-day search operation for the Thottapilly family, from Santa Clarita. Separately, an adult female body recovered on Friday from another area of the river was identified as Soumya Thottapilly, 38.

The smell of gasoline about a half-mile (1 kilometer) downstream from where the crash was reported, led the investigators to the auto.

Family members are remembering a Nassau County mother-of-five killed in a motorcycle crash for her larger-than-life personality and her heart of gold. The vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment from the river current, and it took hours for the auto to be towed out of the water.

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They were expected to arrive at a family member's home in San Jose but never made it to the house. "The searchers began to probe the water and located a vehicle submerged approximately 4-6 feet beneath the water", California's Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Sandeep Thottapilly, 42, and his daughter, Saachi were found dead inside a vehicle encased in sediment in the Eel River, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said.

This family from California were found dead after traveling to Portland, Oregon for a road trip.

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Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook.

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. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected. A witness recalled seeing an SUV matching the description of the missing Valencia family's vehicle plunge into the Eel River.

Long before the crash, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty in 2011 to a domestic assault charge in Minnesota over what she said was a spanking given to one of her children.

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