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Searchers find "personal items" of missing Valencia family in Eel River

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The family was scheduled to arrive to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6, but never showed up, authorities said.

Personal items belonging to a missing Santa Clarita family have been located in a Northern California river where their auto is believed to be submerged, authorities said. Sandeep, 42, Soumya, 38, Siddhant, 12, and Saachi, 9, were last seen in Klamath, in Del Norte County on April 5.

Personal belongings of the four members of the Thottapilly family from Santa Clarita in California, who were believed to be travelling through Humboldt and Mendocino County on US-101 while on a vacation, were also found by the team over a two-day period on Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said.

Search teams have scoured at least 12 miles of river bank, but the hunt for the family and their SUV has been hindered by the strong current and poor clarity, according to the CHP.

"They were able to locate numerous items that appeared to have come from a vehicle body and interior".

The body was found as crews searched for the family along the Northern California river where it is believed they may have been swept away in heavy rains, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said at a Friday news conference.

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"Some of these items were consistent with a Honda vehicle", the CHP said in the Facebook post.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol have been working since last week to locate and recover the vehicle the family was traveling in that reportedly crashed into the Eel River on Friday afternoon at the height of last week's storm. A search for the vehicle was called off when it became too risky for rescuers. Once recovered, the SUV will undergo a full mechanical inspection as part of the CHP's investigation.

The Thottapilly family of Santa Clarita, California went missing one week ago today while they were vacationing in the area.

They found a possible auto part, that was thought to have been broken from the vehicle, at the scene and determined it belonged to a Honda Pilot, maroon in color.

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


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