Bodies of missing Valencia father and daughter found in flooded California river

Searchers have found the bodies of a missing Valencia father and daughter in a flooded Northern California river, sheriff's officials announced Monday.

The family's submerged vehicle was discovered about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Eel River after a boating team noticed a gasoline smell about half a mile from the reported crash site, Mendocino County Sheriff's Department officials said in an updated news release.

The vehicle was about 4 to 6 feet beneath the water, but visibility was poor and the vehicle was covered in sediment from the river current.

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Recovery efforts continued through the morning, until the vehicle was partially removed from the river about 6:30 p.m.

The bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, were found inside, officials said.

Autopsies to determined the victims' cause of death will be performed later this week.

A woman's body, later positively identified as Soumya Thottapilly, 38, was found late last week. The search continues this week for the final family member, Siddhant Thottapilly, 12.

The family began a trip to Portland, Oregon, in a 2016 Maroon Honda Pilot from their Valencia home on March 30.

They were expected at a family member's home in San Jose on April 6, but they never showed. Relatives reported them missing two days later.

A vehicle matching the description of the one belonging to the Thottapilly family was seen going into the river on April 6, when a massive storm swamped areas of Northern California. That vehicle went over the edge of Highway 101 at mile marker 95.

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