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Child's Body Found Along NorCal River In Search For Missing Family

14 April 2018

The body was found as crews searched for the family along the Northern California river where it is believed they may have been swept away in heavy rains, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said at a Friday news conference.

"Several items have been positively identified, by family members, since belonging to the Thottapilly family members", it also said. A body of a Black female was found in the ocean and not far from the crash site, which authorities believe is Hannah or Sierra, but are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

A "missing" poster shared by friends and family on face-book identified that the Thottapilly family associates as 42-year-old Sandeep, 38-year-old Soumya, 12-year-old Siddhanty and 9-year-old Saachi.

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The GMC Yukon plunged off the cliff off Highway 1 on March 26. But after spending two weeks with the family Argyropoulos said she noticed kindness, love and respect for the children was largely absent.

On Thursday, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said it had found belongings of the Thottapilly family, of Santa Clarita, as well as auto parts from their SUV about 14 miles down river from where investigators believe they rolled down an embankment.

The lost vehicle was reportedly southbound on Highway 101, pulled into a turnout and went over the side and into the river.

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The bodies of three of the Hart's children were not found in the wreckage.

That is the exact area at which a household of four which vanished within a road trip from Portland, Ore., with their property in Santa Clarita, Calif., will be last known to get already been, the San Jose Police Department advised the Associated Press. A highly effective storm two to 5 inches of rainfall fell in the spot.

The search along the Eel River is north of where another search has been going on along the Mendocino County coast for members of a family of eight whose SUV plunged off a towering ocean bluff and into the surf line below. The multiracial Hart family lived together in three states, and officials investigated child-abuse allegations in each, including one that prompted an official from Washington's Child Protective Services to visit their Woodland house right before they drove off for California.

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A body that washed ashore Saturday had not been identified and authorities were reluctant to link it to the crash.

Child's Body Found Along NorCal River In Search For Missing Family