Searches Find Two More Bodies in Missing Valencia Family Case


The body "appears to be that of an African American Female", but age and identity could not be determined, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said. Once the body was recovered it was identified as being Siddhant Thottapilly (12), the remaining missing member of the Thottapilly family.

The family was on a road trip to Portland, Oregon and coming back to their home in California, when they went missing.

Family members who've coped with the loss say one of the most important things is to always remember the child that they lost. Visibility was extremely poor and divers noted the vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment from the river current, a media release said. Their disappearance coincided with reports that a vehicle had sunk into the Eel River in Northern California.

An inter-agency search and rescue team has recovered two more bodies of an Indian American family who were feared drowned in a California river some 10 days ago, United States officials said today.

The body of his wife, 38-year-old Soumya, was recovered the day before.

The official cause of the crash is under investigation, but police said that the vehicle's software data suggests that the plunge off the cliff was deliberate. The family's son's body was found Monday as well. They were reported missing April 8 after failing to show up for a visit with relatives in San Jose.

A poster shared by friends and family on Facebook said their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area". The family's maroon SUV was seen falling into the river in northern Mendocino County from a pullout during a rainstorm. He grew up in Surat, Gujarat, and settled down in the U.S. over 15 years ago, a relative said.

Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the SUV at the time.

Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook. On Friday, the body of a woman was recovered about 7 miles north of the reported crash site.