New Delhi, April 17: The rescue teams in the United States on Tuesday recovered the body of the last member of an Indian family which had gone missing while traveling from Oregon to California about 11 days ago. The body recovered by searchers have been identified as Siddhant Thottapilly, 12.
Earlier, the teams had recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, his daughter Saachi, nine and his wife, Soumya, 38. The bodies were recovered on Sunday inside the vehicle, a Honda Pilot, which was recovered from about 4-6 feet of the Eel River. The rescue teams had earlier last week found the body of a woman, who was identified as Soumya, and remains of the vehicle and the belongings of the Thottapilly family.
The San Jose Police Department has said that the Thottapilly family was supposed to have arrived in the San Jose area on April 6. The family was last heard from in the town of Klamath, Del Norte County, on April 5. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8.
70 searchers using Jet Skis, boats and kayaks were pressed into service to find the vehicle and family. The vehicle was encased in sediment and visibility was poor but divers believed there was at least one body inside, officials said. The autopsies are expected to be performed this week as part of the coroner’s investigation into the incident.
Later, Sandeep Thottapilly’s father Thottapilly Babu Subramaniam thanked foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on twitter saying, “Dear madam @SushmaSwaraj, thank you very much for supporting my family in the time of crisis. Words of assurance from your office meant a lot to us. And the assistance provided by your staff was outstanding. Despite all the efforts fate took its own course. Thank you once again.”
Sandeep grew up in Surat city in Gujarat and settled down in the US over 15 years ago.