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Bodies of Indian family missing in US found

IANS  |  Washington 

The bodies of all four members of an Indian family, which perished when their sport plunged into a river in earlier this month, have been found, the authorities said.

Searchers recovered the submerged bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter, Saachi, 9, from the in Leggett, California, on Sunday, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Monday.

A body recovered last week was later identified as Thottapilly's wife, Soumya, 38. The body of the couple's son, Siddhant, 12, was discovered around 4 p.m. on Monday. He was the last to be found, ABC-owned TV station cited the authorities as saying.

The family were on a road trip to and were returning to their home in California, when they went missing.

They were reported missing on April 8 when they failed to show up for a visit at their relatives place in

Bodies of Thottapilly and his daughter were found inside the SUV lying submerged between 4 and 6 feet of water. The smell of gasoline coming from the water led divers to the vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.

The vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment from the river current and it took hours for the car to be towed out, leading to the removal of the two bodies, the sheriff's office was cited as saying by

The boy's body was found about six miles north of where the family's vehicle was said to have crashed.

The said it did not believe there was any foul play. The family's maroon Pilot was seen falling into the river in northern from a pullout during an April 6 rainstorm. They had been travelling south from along Highway 101 when the incident occurred, officials said.

"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. Randy England of the

Last week, investigators found personal items belonging to the Thottapilly family in the Authorities said they found "various personal items consistent with a family travelling on vacation" during the course of the two-day search.

They said that relatives of the Thottapilly family positively identified the items as belongings of their family members.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 14:20 IST
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