California family disappears after leaving on spring break road trip


A poster shared by friends and relatives on social media says that Sandeep Thottapilly, his wife, Soumya, and their two children were on a road trip and were last heard from Thursday.

According to reports in local United States media, there are similarities between a vehicle that was washed away in flood waters on the route that the family of Sandeep Thottapilly was traveling while on their way from Portland, Oregon to San Jose, California.

Sandeep Thottapilly, 42, of Valencia, took his family up the West Coast on a trip to Portland, Oregon, on March 30. The rain caused the river to swell and to be clouded with mud and debris, Wunderlich said. They have been incommunicado since April 5. "Would request your good office to take up this matter with concerned authorities in U.S. and help find my son and his family as soon as possible", the post read. "They are coordinating with the Police". "Through the collaborated efforts of all the involved agencies, we are working to resolve this incident as quickly and safely as possible". "I have asked for a report from our Consul General in San Francisco", she tweeted.

"My friends have been to hell and back first losing their daughter/sister Lisa Dorrian in 2005 who was murdered but her body has never been found".

The California Highway Patrol confirmed to that an SUV traveling on Highway 101 near Garberville plunged into the Eel River on Friday and that preliminary investigation revealed that the SUV was a maroon Honda Pilot.

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The vehicle is the same kind that the Thottapilly family owned.

The family's last known location, in their maroon Honda Pilot, was around Klamath in the Redwood National Park area.

"Due to the strong river current, and the poor clarity, the vehicle was unable to be located" on Friday, adding that authorities "have continuously searched and monitored the river in attempts to located the vehicle", with assistance from a CHP helicopter.

The Thottapillys were expected to arrive at a family member's home in San Jose on April 6 but never showed up, San Jose Police Department Officer Gina Tepoorten said. CHP Public Information Officer William Wunderlich from the Garberville office said there are similarities between that vehicle and the family's auto, including the color. Sandeep works as a vice president for Union Bank, according to his Facebook and LinkedIn pages.