Southern California family en route to San Jose missing

Search continues for vehicle in Eel River

Search continues for vehicle in Eel River

The flyer ID'd the family as husband and wife, Sandeep and Soumya Thottapilly, and their 12-year-old son Siddhant and 9-year-old daughter Saachi. A family friend said the Thottapillys were excited about taking the trip. Two days after Gujarat resident Thottapally Babu Subramaniam tweeted to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, urging her to help locate his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, authorities in the USA are fearing the worst.

According to reports in local U.S. media, there are similarities between a vehicle that was washed away in flood waters on the route that the family of Sandeep Thottapilly was traveling while on their way from Portland, Oregon to San Jose, California. "Sandeep's brother, Sachin, who lives in Canada, is now in California to help with the search operations", she said.

Farther south along the Mendocino County coast, authorities continue to look for members of the Hart family, missing since an SUV made a deadly and possibly intentional plunge off a towering ocean bluff along the Pacific Coast Highway last month.

Friends have started a Go Fund Me page to help the family.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she has sought a report from the Consul General in San Francisco.

A body was pulled out of the surf Saturday but was not immediately identified. "Rest assured. We will spare no effort".

Search continues for vehicle in Eel River

That same day Friday the CHP got calls about a red Honda Pilot, the same make and color of the Thottapilly's SUV, that was seen careening off a windy two lane section of the 101 north of Leggett, and disappearing into the swollen Eel River in a pounding rain.

The vehicle is the same kind that the Thottapilly family owned.

According to CHP it has been too unsafe to send divers into the river, so the SUV people say has not been found yet.

Six minutes later, the family's off apparently heading for Portland Oregon then, on their way back they planned to stop and see a relative in San Jose.

According to the family, the last known location of Sandeep was in Redwood National and State Parks in northern California. "We are working on finding the vehicle but we are not able to locate it".

The San Jose Police Department confirmed that a missing persons report was filed on April 8 involving the Indian family. CHP Public Information Officer William Wunderlich from the Garberville office said there are similarities between that vehicle and the family's auto, including the color.

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