On April 15, The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Division was able to identify the adult female recovered from the Eel River as being Soumya Thottapilly.
The body was found a day after the vehicle with Siddhant's father and younger sister inside were pulled from the river sediment.
"At approximately 11:30 AM a boating team noticed a gasoline smell emitting from the water approximately 1/2 mile north of the reported crash site (downstream)".
Searchers last Thursday had recovered debris and personal items confirmed that an SUV seen plunging into the Northern California river belonged to the Thottapilly family, authorities said. Now, the bodies of Sandeep and his daughter Saachi have been found by the cops.More news: NBN Complaints Soar 200%, Govt Review Triggered
While the cops managed to find wife Soumya's body recently, some parts of the vehicle and some items from it were also retrieved.
On Monday, April 9, 2018, the California Highway Patrol became aware of an overdue family of 4, the Thottapilly family from Santa Clarita, CA, who was believed to be traveling through Humboldt and Mendocino Counties while on vacation.
The crash site is about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of San Jose. As many as 21 water searchers, including two jet ski teams, two boat teams and many kayak teams, were looking through the waters.
Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the SUV at the time. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8. The search teams then started to look and spotted a vehicle that was submerged around 4 to 6 feet underneath the water. A body was pulled from the surf April 7 but has not been identified. 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.