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All the bodies of the lost family of Southern California found

LEGGETT – Search teams have recovered the last member of a family of four from southern California who disappeared more than a week ago while driving home from Oregon, authorities said.

The body of 12-year-old Siddhant Thottapilly was found Monday afternoon about 6 miles north of where the family's Honda Pilot dived at the south fork of the Eel River on April 6 in the middle of Heavy rain, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

A day earlier, a team smelled gas about half a mile from the crash site, along Highway 101 south of Dora Creek, and located the utility vehicle under 4 to 6 feet of water. The sheriff's office said that the bodies of Sandeep, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, were found inside the Honda after being taken from the river.

The body of the fourth member of the family, 38-year-old Souyma Thottapilly, was recovered on Friday about 7 miles north of the crash site in an area that had previously been covered by the river. A powerful storm fell 2 to 5 inches of rain the day they disappeared.

Autopsies are expected to take place this week as part of an investigation of the incident.

The family was traveling from Portland to their home in the suburb of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles. It was reported that they disappeared on April 8 after not showing up for a visit with family members in San José.

A poster shared by friends and family on Facebook said their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area." [19659007] Get the main headlines in your inbox every afternoon. Get the free PM newsletter.

The Klamath River and a row of parks are located along Highway 101, north of where motorists saw the SUV fall into the river.

Further south, authorities were still searching for members of a different family whose SUV sank an imposing ocean lantern along the Pacific coast highway last month.

It was believed that Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were in the SUV at that time. Authorities say they believe the accident was intentional.

Five corpses were found on March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect. Three of the children have not been found. A body was removed from the waves on April 7 but has not been identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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