A Southern California family has gone missing, and police now fear that their car plummeted into the swollen Eel River while they were on their way home from Portland, Oregon. The Thottapilly family were reported missing on April 8, 2018, by a family member.
The Thottapilly family was comprised of Sandeep, 41; Soumya, 38; Thottapilly, 12; and Saachi, 9. They had been taking a family vacation from their home in Santa Clarita to Portland when they disappeared.
They had been planning on staying at the relative’s home two days prior, and had been unable to get ahold of them. They were driving a maroon Honda Pilot, so when police received word of a car matching that description plummeting into the river, they began to suspect the horrible truth.
The Eel River is swollen and the currents are extremely strong, leaving police unable to send down a dive team. However, they have recovered multiple items along the shore of the river that are consistent with a Honda Pilot and they have also found some personal objects.
The personal items have been confirmed by relatives as belonging to the family members, although police are not releasing what they found in particular. Authorities do believe at this point that the car definitely belonged to the Thottapilly family.
Please, keep their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they face this horrible loss. They will be sorely missed by everyone who was graced enough to get to know these magnificent people.
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