Body found amid search for SoCal family after SUV swept into river

Body found amid search for SoCal family after SUV swept into river

LEGGETT- Authorities in Mendocino County continue their search for an SUV that was swept into the Eel River last week, and matches the description of a missing family's vehicle.

CNN reports that it's unclear if any consequential actions were taken after Dekalb's father-in-law made the call to 911, but authorities do suspect the deadly vehicle crash may have been intentional.

"We have not made any findings in this investigation and we had no prior history with this family", the department said.

The family from Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County was last heard from while driving along California's redwood coast, about 180 miles (290 kilometers north of San Francisco).

The California Highway Patrol contacted the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in the early afternoon of Friday 4/6/18 regarding the availability of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Dive Team to evaluate the possibility of vehicle recovery.

That's the equivalent house the place a family of four that vanished all through a freeway journey from Portland, Ore., to their residence in Santa Clarita, Calif., is last recognized to have been, the San Jose Police Division suggested the Related Press.

Also located were various personal items that were consistent with a family traveling on vacation and sheriff's officials confirmed the debris from the SUV confirms belongs to the missing Valencia family, according to the Associated Press.

The family was traveling in a Maroon Honda Pilot.

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The Sheriff's office and the CHP agreed to do continuous evaluations as the river levels receded.

A search for the vehicle was called off when it became too risky for rescuers.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office also assisted, using a sonar system.

On Thursday, authorities concluded the vehicle was that of the Thottapilly family after recovering a number of personal items from the river.

Crews have not yet actually located the vehicle or its occupants. Some of these items were consistent with a Honda vehicle.

The remains of a girl believed to be among them was found washed up on the banks of an adjacent creek days later, but California Highway Patrol Sergeant Robert Powers said she has not yet been positively identified. "These things had been of a non-public nature and will not be described further for the time being, however it does affirm the actual fact the automotive that was seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family". The teams accessed the river in inflatable boats and on River Boards, a small floatation device created to allow full access under overhanging trees or tight areas not accessible by boat.

The vehicle itself and the four members of the Thottapilly family have not been recovered from the Eel River, which remains too risky for divers to enter, but searchers along the banks located numerous items consistent with a Honda vehicle and interior, and items consistent with a family traveling on vacation, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"During my last call, I was told that their hands were tied and there was nothing more they could do because there wasn't enough evidence to make a case", Argyropoulos said.

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