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Child's body found in California river where family of four vanished

Child's body found in California river where family of four vanished

The automotive itself and the four members of the Thottapilly family have not been recovered from the Eel River, which stays too unsafe for divers to enter, nevertheless searchers alongside the banks located fairly just a few devices consistent with a Honda automotive and inside, and devices consistent with a family touring on journey, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office talked about in a press launch.

MORE: Witness recalls SUV matching missing Valencia family's auto flipping into Eel River The family was scheduled to arrive to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6 as a strong storm dumped rain on Northern California, but never showed up, authorities said.

The Mendocino County Sheriff said during a Friday news conference that the body was found about 7 miles south of where the Thottapilly family's auto is believed to have gone off an embankment. A camera bag and some clothing were reportedly among the things found. Relatives of the missing family were on hand to help identify anything found.

While authorities determined it would not be safe to insert divers into the river, Swift Water Rescue Teams did search the bank in inflatable boats and utilized a "probing" tool to search the water remotely.

"These items were of a personal nature and will not be described further at this time, but it does confirm the fact that the vehicle seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family", the CHP states in its press release.

The California Highway Patrol developed information that the family were travelling in a family vehicle, a 2016 maroon Honda Pilot. "The water current was very strong that day along with the clarity of the river - it was hard to see through because of all the added mud and debris".

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The family members were identified as Sandeep Thottapilly, 41; Soumya Thottapilly, 38; Siddhant Thottapilly, 12; and Saachi Thottapilly, 9.

The poster talked about their last recognized location was the "Klamath-Redwood Nationwide Park house". The vehicle submerged and vanished before rescuers reached the scene. A powerful storm late last week dropped 2 to 5 inches of rain in the region.

On March 26, Jennifer Hart, 38, is thought to have intentionally driven a sports utility vehicle carrying her partner Sarah and their six adopted black children off a California coastal cliff.

Authorities discovered the body of a child near where a Valencia family's van might have crashed in Northern California, officials announced Friday.

Adoptive parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of the children, Markis, Jeremiah and Abigail have all been reported dead.


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