The body of Siddhant Thottapilly was found at about 4 p.m. submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) downstream from where the family auto reportedly crashed, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Capt. Gregory L. Van Patten said in a statement.
The boy's mother, Soumya Thottapilly, 38, was found Friday miles from the crash site in an area previously covered with water from the storm-swollen river.
The couple's 12-year-old Siddhant Thottapilly remains missing.More news: United Kingdom government pledges £61m to fight plastic waste in Commonwealth countries
Searchers have found the bodies of a missing Valencia father and daughter in a flooded Northern California river, sheriff's officials announced Monday.
- A tragic turn in the search for a Southern California family whose vehicle crashed in the Eel River in Mendocino County. After several hours of searching near the reported crash site, search teams found the Thottapilly vehicle submerged about 4-6 feet beneath the water.
Cindy Bartley, assistant to Chief Deputy Coroner Shannon Barney, told India-West that the bodies of Sandeep, Soumya, and Saachi are now with the coroner's office. Investigators said that vehicle may have been intentionally driven off the cliff.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly contributing to the search operations launched to locate the Indian family that has been missing for over a week in California. This provided searchers the ability to conduct a visual inspection of the inside of the vehicle.More news: Radcliff man accused of handcuffing, raping and torturing woman for a week
Dozens of searchers had been combing the river with Jet Skis, boats and kayaks, along with dive teams.
Searchers have been combing the river for days, by boat and air as weather and water conditions improved. Visibility was extremely poor and divers noted the vehicle was encased ina large amount of sediment from the river current, a media release said.
Autopsies are expected to be performed later this week. A body was pulled from the surf April 7 but has not been identified.
A vehicle matching the description of the one belonging to the Thottapilly family was seen going into the river on April 6, when a massive storm swamped areas of Northern California. The family member told police he had not heard from the Thottapillys since April 6, which was unusual for the family.More news: OPCW continuing mission into alleged Douma gas attack despite air strikes