US rescuers searching for bodies of Malayali family of four whose vehicle plunged into a Northern California river a week ago has found bodies of father and daughter inside their SUV while their son’s body was found submerged in the river.
The maroon Honda Pilot that veered off the freeway and plunged into Eel River near Leggett contained remains of 41-year-old Sandeep Thottapilly and his 9-year-old daughter, Saachi.
The 12-year-old son’s body was found further downstream around 6 miles away from the SUV.
Two days earlier, the body of 38-year-old Soumya Thottapilly was pulled from the river.
A Tragic Error of Judgement
The family had visited Portland, Ore and was traveling to a friend’s home in San Jose on April 6.
Shortly after 1 pm, a Honda Pilot matching description of the family’s vehicle, was reported submerged in the river.
According to California Highway Patol, Sandeep was pulling over to the side of the road amid heavy rain just before the vehicle went over the edge. They believe it to be a case of misjudgment about where the road ended.
The highway runs through a rural area that gets particularly windy and the embankment is heavily forested and drops 50 to 100 feet down, they said.