Bodies of Missing Valencia Father and Daughter Found in Flooded NorCal River

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The family members were traveling from Portland, Oregon, to their home in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said Monday that searchers located the vehicle Sunday and recovered the bodies of 41-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and 9-year-old Saachi Thottapilly.

Searchers have found the body of the last missing member of an Indian family which perished when their sport utility vehicle plunged into a swollen river in the U.S. state of California some 11 days ago.

Farther south, authorities were still looking for the missing members of a different family whose SUV plunged off a towering ocean bluff along the Pacific Coast Highway last month.

Searchers yesterday found the body of Siddhant Thottapilly, 12, the last to be found after the family of four went missing.

Local news agencies are reporting that at least 70 searchers were involved in the rescue effort on the Eel River in Leggett, California.

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"At approximately 4:00 PM water searchers located the body of a juvenile male submerged in the Eel River approximately 6 miles north of the reported crash site", it said.

"Search divers entered the water and were able to feel what they believed to be a person inside of the vehicle", the sheriff's department said in a press release.

A team of more than 20 searchers discovered the auto lying submerged between 4 and 6 feet of water and found the bodies inside the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

A vehicle matching the description of the one belonging to the Thottapilly family was seen going into the river on April 6, when a massive storm swamped areas of Northern California.

Sandeep was a Vice-President at Union Bank, while Soumya was a stay-at-home parent. They were reported missing April 8 after failing to show up for a visit with relatives in San Jose. Their last known location was near Klamath near the OR border.

Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect. In that case, Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their six children were found dead at the scene and three other children remain missing.

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