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SUV that plunged into California river found, 2 bodies in it

SUV that plunged into California river found, 2 bodies in it

Another search operation is being conducted around the Eel River in an attempt to locate Siddhant Thottapilly who still remains missing.

This photo was posted on Sandeep Thottapilly's Facebook page on October 22, 2013.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says that around 4 p.m. Monday, searchers found the body of a boy submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles downstream from where the SUV crashed. Visibility was extremely poor and divers noted the vehicle was encased ina large amount of sediment from the river current, a media release said. Crews partially removed the auto with a tow truck and recovered the bodies, the sheriff's office said.

The bodies were those of Sandeep Thottapilly, 42, and his daughter Saachi Thottapilly, 9, the Mendicino County coroner's office reported.

Autopsies to determined the victims' cause of death will be performed later this week.

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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, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8. That vehicle went over the edge of Highway 101 at mile marker 95. According to the statement, the search consisted of 21 water searchers which included 2 Jet Ski teams, 2 Boat teams and several Kayak/Carlson board teams.

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

Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect.

The boy's mother, Soumya Thottapilly, 38, (second from left) was found Friday miles from the crash site in an area previously covered with water from the storm-swollen river.

Three of the children have not been found. A body was found in the ocean at the scene, but it has not been identified.


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