Indian family missing in California, search teams find woman's body

Indian family missing in California, search teams find woman's body

Indian family missing in California, search teams find woman's body

A woman who called OR child welfare officials in 2013 about a woman who last month drove off a California cliff with her family says the household was run "like a regimented boot camp".

Though identification of the body is yet to be done, officials suspect it could be of one of the members of the missing Indian family.

A woman's body was found by rescuers in the U.S. during the search of a missing Kerala family of four who are feared drowned in a swollen river in California, officials said. "Several items have been positively identified, by the family members, as belonging to the Thottapilly family", it said.

"Searchers located the deceased body of an adult female approximately seven miles north of the reported crash site (Eel River flows in a northern direction)", California's Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

That's the same area where a family of four that vanished during a road trip from Portland, Ore., to their home in Santa Clarita, Calif., is last known to have been, the San Jose Police Department told the Associated Press.

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The rescue teams have been using inflatable boats, river boards and a jet boat with a side scan sonar system and had canvassed 12 miles of the riverbank by Tuesday, the sheriff's office said.

Police say Jennifer Hart had a blood alcohol level of 0.10, which is over the legal limit, when killing her family. Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect, but three of their children were not immediately recovered from the scene along the shoreline.

The children's adoptive parents, Jennifer and Sarah Hart, and three of their siblings were confirmed dead after the crash, police said.

A couple vacationing reportedly saw the body and pulled it from the surf before calling authorities.

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