All 4 Bodies of Missing Family Have Been Found in NorCal River: Sheriff

The body of a young boy was recovered Monday from a swollen Northern California river, more than a week after he and his family went missing on a road trip during heavy rains.

Two bodies found in a submerged SUV have been identified as the father and daughter of a missing Valencia family. The 12-year-old son's body was found late Monday afternoon, sheriff's officials said. 

A fourth body that was recovered Friday has been identified as the mother of the family.

The Thottapilly family -- father Sandeep, 42, mother Soumya, 38, and their two children, son Siddhant, 12, and daughter Saachi, 9 -- was driving from Portland, Oregon to San Jose when they disappeared.

The driver was pulling into a pullout during heavy rains when the SUV went over the edge, according to sheriff's officials.

On April 6, a vehicle was reportedly submerged in the Eel River, a little north of the town of Leggett, during heavy rains. A search for the vehicle was called off when it became too dangerous for rescuers.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, searchers combed the riverbanks and located personal items, which were identified as belonging to the Tottapillys by family members.

Parts of what appears to be a maroon Honda Pilot -- the same SUV the family was in on their road trip vacation -- were also found, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

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