Missing US family feared washed away in floods

"The vehicle was completely submerged in the river due to the heavy rain". According to the local media, a vehicle similar to that in which Sandeep Thottapilly and family were travelling while on their way from Portland in OR to San Jose in California had been found from the flood waters. "The photo of the missing family is attached herewith. we have taken help of Facebook post to reach out to more and more people in California...", Babu Subramaniam Thottapily tweeted on April 9. "Sandeep's brother, Sachin, who lives in Canada, is now in California to help with the search operations", she said. "Would request your good office to take up this matter with concerned authorities in United States of America and help find my son and his family as soon as possible", the post read. Police have said it may be weeks before they can identify the body. "I have asked for a report from our Consul General in San Francisco", she tweeted.

"My friends have been to hell and back first losing their daughter/sister Lisa Dorrian in 2005 who was murdered but her body has never been found".

Authorities are not connecting the two incidents, but the Thottapilly family was last heard from the day before authorities received reports of a maroon Honda Pilot - the same color and make of the Thottapillys' SUV - submerging into the swollen river along US Highway 101 north of Leggett, according to local media reports.

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

Even as the Indian government is making efforts in coordination with USA authorities to intensify the search for the family of Sandeep Thottapilly that went missing in northern California on April 5, there is no news yet on the family's whereabouts.

A family of four taking a West Coast road trip has vanished, and the disappearance coincides with a report of a vehicle sinking into Northern California's Eel River last week.

The poster said their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area".

Search teams from multiple agencies were unable to search the river over the weekend because it was deemed unsafe for divers.

CHP Officer William Wunderlich told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal affirmed that the vehicle they were searching for is similar to the one the Indian family was last known to be driving.

Sandeep is a Vice-President at Union Bank, while Soumya is a stay-at-home parent.

The family's vehicle was a maroon or burgundy 2016 Honda Pilot.

  • Joey Payne