Indian Family Missing: US Search Teams Recover Bodies of Man, Wife, Daughter

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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 on Tuesday.

Soumya's body was found several miles from where the vehicle went into the water.

The vehicle was encased in sediment and visibility was poor but divers believed there was at least one body inside, officials said.

The bodies were those of Sandeep Thottapilly, 42, and his daughter Saachi Thottapilly, 9, the Mendicino County coroner's office reported. A body was found in the ocean at the scene, but it has not been identified.

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The boy's mother, Soumya Thottapilly, 38, was found on Friday some way from the crash site in an area previously covered with water from the storm-swollen river. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8.

"The vehicle attempted to pull over to the shoulder into a big pullout, and the vehicle came close to coming to a stop but ended up going over the edge and into the river", said Lt.

Lt. England described in detail the investigative steps being taken by the California Highway Patrol officers in order to establish an exact timeline for the Thottapilly family's trip through Humboldt and Mendocino Counties including; obtaining phone records and bank transactions to establish where the Thottapilly family might have stopped during their trip. They had been traveling south from OR along Highway 101 when the incident occurred, officials said. Relatives of the Thottapilly family positively identified the items as belongings of their family members, authorities said.

They were expected to arrive at a family member's home in San Jose but never made it to the house. The family will have a time of visitation from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. before the service.Ricky was born in Florence County, the son of the late Junius and Cornelia O'Neal Welch.

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