Mom who drove SUV with family off cliff was drunk

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While positive identification is pending, it is believed the body is that of Soumya Thottapilly, 38, who was on a road trip with her husband, Sandeep Thottapilly, 42, and their 12-year-old son Siddhant and 9-year-old daughter Saachi from Portland to San Jose, traveling in their maroon 2016 Honda Pilot SUV. They were traveling from Portland to Los Angeles, when, it is suspected, that their auto veered off the road into the river on April 6, a rainy, windy day.

After investigating for almost a week, the authorities have now confirmed that the Indian family of four has drowned in the Eel River in Northern California, following a massive storm.

The California Highway Patrol said on Friday that Jennifer Hart's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit when she drove an SUV, carrying her wife and six children, off a cliff in Mendocino County on March 26.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Authorities are also continuing to search for members of another family farther south along the Mendocino County coast.

The body was found by rescuers in the USA during the search for the family of four who were feared drowned in a swollen river in California.

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A woman's body found in a Northern California river on Friday might be of one among a missing Indian-American family of four, authorities suspect.

Personal belongings of the four members of the family from Santa Clarita in California, who were believed to be travelling through Humboldt and Mendocino County on US-101 while on a vacation, were also found by the team over a two-day period on Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said. They used an underwater probe to see if the vehicle or anything metallic could be located.

Between the two search days, the Swift Water Rescue Teams were able to cover approximately 12 miles of the Eel river, just north of the town of Leggett in California.

Searchers have found numerous items from the vehicle's body and interior.

The vehicle appears to have left a highway for a dirt turnout, then accelerated on that turnout for about 70 feet until it went off the cliff, authorities said, citing data from the vehicle's software and air bag module.

She was found on exposed ground that a few days ago had been covered by the storm-swollen river, according to a sheriff's office statement.

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