Authorities recovered the bodies of 2 members of the Thottapilly family on Sunday from the Eel River.
Officials said 70 searchers were sent out on Sunday in hopes of finding the family. Searchers found a vehicle submerged between 4-6 feet under the water. While searching the vehicle, they felt what they believed to be a person.
The Thottapilly family – 42-year-old Sandeep, 38-year-old Soumya, 12-year-old Siddhant, 9-year-old Saachi – vanished while on a road trip that was supposed to go from their Valencia home to Portland and back.
After the vehicle was partially removed from the river, 2 bodies were found inside the vehicle — later identified as 42-year-old Sandeep and 9-year-old Saachi Thottapilly.
The coroner’s office was also able to identify another body that was found on Friday as 38-year-old Soumya Thottapilly. source
Autopsies are expected to be performed later this week.
Another search operation is expected Monday in and around Eel River in an attempt to find 12-year-old Siddhant who is still missing.