Searchers find vehicle, 2 bodies
Crews searching for a family whose vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen river more than a week ago located the sport utility vehicle Sunday in the Eel River and recovered the bodies of a man and girl, Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, the Mendocino County sheriff ’s office said Monday.
The body of a woman found in the river last Friday has been identified as Soumya Thottapilly, 38, the statement said. The couple’s 12-year-old son, Sidhhanty Thottapilly, remains missing.
About 70 searchers combed the area of the crash Sunday, including more than 20 crew members searching the water with Jet Skis, boats and kayaks, the office said.
A team on a boat smelled gasoline about half a mile downstream from where the crash was reported and found the SUV.