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Bodies of Indian family missing in US found; Swaraj condoles deaths

The Thottapilly family, from Santa Clarita, disappeared on April 6 while driving in a Honda Pilot through the Redwood Coast Highway on vacation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Parents of Sandeep Thottapilly, who went missing along with his family in the US recently, address the media in Surat (Photo: PTI)

External Affairs Minister today condoled the deaths of four members of an Indian family whose car had crashed into a swollen river in the US.

The Thottapilly family, from Santa Clarita, disappeared on April 6 while driving in a Honda Pilot through the Redwood Coast Highway on vacation.

Following their disappearance, an appeal was made to Swaraj to find the family and she had assured all possible help by the Indian consulate in San Francisco.

"My heartfelt condolences on the tragic deaths of Sandeep Thotapilly, Soumya and their two children. All the four bodies have been recovered from Eel river in California (US). We are helping their families in the visa process to enable their travel to US," Swaraj tweeted.

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file photo released by The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office shows a search underway along the Eel River in Northern California. Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a Northern California river have found the body of a child (Photo: AP/PTI)

Sandeep, 41, and Saachi, 9, were found dead inside the vehicle in the Eel River early this week in California. The body of Soumya, 38, was recovered from another area of the river on Friday while the body of Siddhant, 12, was recovered today.

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:45 IST
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