The authorities in Northern California said late Monday that they had recovered and identified the bodies of all four members of a California family who disappeared while on a road trip this month.
Searchers on the Eel River in Leggett, Calif., on Sunday recovered the submerged bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter, Saachi, 9, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Monday. A body recovered last week was identified as Mr. Thottapilly’s wife, Soumya, 38. The body of their son, Siddhant, 12, was discovered around 4 p.m. Monday and quickly identified, the authorities said.
The family was believed to be vacationing when they were reported missing last week. Mr. Thottapilly and his daughter were found inside a vehicle in about four to six feet of water.
“Visibility was extremely poor and divers noted the vehicle was encased in a large amount of sediment from the river current,” Capt. Gregory L. Van Patten, field services commander of the sheriff’s office, said in the statement.
On Sunday, about 70 people fanned out along the river, which is about 180 miles north of San Francisco. Just before noon, searchers aboard a boat smelled gas coming from the water below, according to the statement. They soon found the vehicle, and divers reported feeling what they believed to be a person inside.