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4 Indians missing in US; father seeks Swaraj's help

Press Trust of India  |  Surat (Gujarat) 

The father of an LA-based Indian who has been missing with his wife and two children after a road trip in the has requested to help trace them.

In a tweet, resident Babu Subramaniam Thottapilly posted a photograph of his son Sandeep Thottapilly, his and their two children, and urged to take the matter up with the authorities in the US.

Sandeep (42), his wife (38), son (12) and daughter (9) went missing in the US state of on Thursday while travelling from to

The authorities in the US fear the worst for an SUV, matching the missing family's vehicle, was believed to have been swept away by a swollen river, according to a media report in the US.

Sandeep worked as a with the and lived in with his family.

The banker's father, originally from and living in Gujarat's for several years, was in a state of shock and unwilling to speak to PTI.

Sandeep grew up in the city and settled down in the US over 15 years ago, said a relative when contacted by PTI over the phone.

"Till now we have not received any information about the family's whereabouts from the in the US," the relative said.

Babu Thottapilly had earlier tweeted, "Respected ji, I am a senior citizen and resident of Surat, My son is residing in California, USA. He and his family are reported missing since last Thursday.

"Would request your good office to take up this matter with concerned authorities in USA and help find my son and his family as soon as possible. requesting your kind cooperation."

Along with the message, he posted a photograph of his son and his family.

"We have taken help of post to reach out to more and more people in ..," he said.

A post by Babu Thottapilly on Union Bank's page read: "This is to inform you that my son and his family have been missing during the trip to The complaint in this regard has been registered with the police authorities and they are looking for his whereabouts.

"Till that time I would like to inform you that kindly do the needful from your end to ensure that are able to track him and his family."

A media report in the US said authorities were looking for a maroon Pilot that went down an embankment on Friday at around 1:10 pm on Highway 101 near the

The vehicle is similar to the one the Thottapilly family was travelling in. They were on their way back home in the city of from Portland, Oregon, after a road trip. They were to have stopped by in to meet their relatives but never turned up, The reported.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 20:35 IST