More bodies found in Eel River Search in Mendocino County

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The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that they have found the bodies of 41-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and 9-year-old Saachi Thottapilly after searchers located the SUV on Sunday in the Eel River.

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. Still missing is the Thottapillys' son Siddhant, 12; search and rescue efforts are still underway to find the young boy.

In a tragic turn of events, the bodies of three members of a Southern California Indian American family - whose maroon Honda Pilot had plunged into the Eel River near Leggett, California as they returned home from a spring break vacation in OR - were found and identified April 15 by a multi-agency search and rescue team.

Local news agencies are reporting that at least 70 searchers were involved in the rescue effort on the Eel River in Leggett, California. Mr. Thottapilly and his daughter were found inside a vehicle in about four to six feet of water.

Authorities recovered the bodies of 2 members of the Thottapilly family on Sunday from the Eel River.

Soon thereafter, search divers entered the water and were able to feel what they believed to be a person inside of the vehicle.

Sandeep was a Vice-President at Union Bank, while Soumya was a stay-at-home parent. The search consisted of 21 water searchers, which included two jet-ski teams, two boat teams and several Kayak/Carlson board teams.

A poster shared by friends and family on Facebook said their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area".

The family was traveling from Portland to their home in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.

Sandeep grew up in Surat city in Gujarat and settled down in the U.S. over 15 years ago.

Siddhant Thottapilly was the last to be found after the family of four went missing earlier this month.

Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect. Investigators said that vehicle may have been intentionally driven off the cliff. Three of the children have not been found.

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