Searches Find Two More Bodies in Missing Valencia Family Case

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The family was traveling, headed home from vacation, when they went missing.

About 11:30 a.m. Sunday, searchers found a vehicle submerged about four to six feet below the surface of the water, and about 6:30 p.m., the SUV was partially removed from the river by a tow truck and two bodies were found inside, according to the Mendicino County Sheriff's Office.

The bodies of his father and 9-year-old sister were found inside the submerged vehicle on Sunday and his mother's body was found last Friday. Still missing is the Thottapillys' son Siddhant, 12; search and rescue efforts are still underway to find the young boy.

Two more bodies of a family who disappeared after their vehicle drove off the road into a fast moving Eel River April 6 were recovered over the weekend along with the vehicle itself The search continues for the fourth missing family member.

A day earlier, a team smelled gasoline about half a mile from the crash site, along Highway 101 south of Dora Creek, and located the sport utility vehicle under 4 to 6 feet of water. A third family member's body was recovered last week and now has been identified.

The auto has not been located, and the police said the search would continue for the vehicle and its occupants.

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Sandeep worked as a vice-president with the Union Bank and lived in Los Angeles with his family.

Rescue workers have been using helicopters, boats equipped with sonar, kayaks and river boards.

Sandeep and family was in a maroon Honda Pilot with a California registration plate (7MMX138) and had last got in touch with their family in Surat on April 5.

Dana and Bruce Dekalb, who were neighbors of the Harts, reported the family to Child Protective Services, they said, because some of the children, including Devonte, had come to them asking for food and telling them they didn't want to go home. Their son, Siddhant, 12, remained missing. Authorities later confirmed that the vehicle did belong to the family. Investigators said that vehicle may have been intentionally driven off the cliff.

Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect. A body was pulled from the surf April 7 but has not been identified.

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