Searchers along a northern Mendocino County river recovered the remaining three bodies of a Southern California family that were in a vehicle when it plunged into the South Fork of the Eel River more than week ago, Mendocino County sheriff's officials said.
Earlier this month, the Thottapilly family was driving to their home in Santa Clarita, California, from Portland, Oregon, authorities said.
While 42-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and his daughter named Saachi was found dead inside the vehicle, mother Soumya Thottapilly was found in another part of the river.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said Monday that searchers located the vehicle Sunday and recovered the bodies of 41-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and 9-year-old Saachi Thottapilly. Still missing is the Thottapillys' son Siddhant, 12; search and rescue efforts are still underway to find the young boy.More news: Foster will not participate in 49ers team activities
Searchers along the banks located numerous items consistent with a Honda vehicle and interior, and items consistent with a family traveling on vacation, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
A poster shared by friends and family on Facebook said their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area".
Autopsies of the three bodies are expected to be conducted this week.
"At approximately 11:30 AM a boating team noticed a gasoline smell emitting from the water approximately 1/2 mile north of the reported crash site (downstream)". This provided searchers the ability to conduct a visual inspection of the inside of the vehicle.More news: Three Bodies of Missing Indian American Family Found; Little Boy Still Missing
It says the vehicle was encased in sediment but that divers were able to feel a person inside the auto. They soon found the vehicle, and divers reported feeling what they believed to be a person inside.
Recovery efforts continued for several hours and at approximately 6:30 PM the vehicle was partially removed from the Eel River by use of a tow truck.
"Several items have been positively identified, by family members, as belonging to the Thottapilly family", it said. A relative called on April 8 to report the family missing. A body recovered last week was identified as Mr. Thottapilly's wife, Soumya, 38.
The family's maroon SUV was seen falling into the river in northern Mendocino County from a pullout during an April 6 rainstorm.More news: Bryce Harper had the flawless celebration for his broken-bat home run