[UPDATE 3:39 p.m.] Searchers Believe They Have Found Body of One of the Missing Thottapilly Family


Searchers on the Eel River near Confusion Hill. [Photo from Mendocino Sheriff’s Department]

A deceased child woman* believed to be from the missing Thottapilly family has been located at 10:20 this morning about seven miles north of the accident scene, announced Sheriff Thomas Allman at a press conference today. Items and debris have been located as far downstream as 12 miles north.

We’re not going to stop until our resources are at the limit, he said.

The Thottapilly family’s vehicle went into the Eel River on April 5.

We will update as soon as possible.

UPDATE 12:56 p.m.: Sheriff Allman stated that the child’s woman’s body* was located at the Dimmick Overcrossing.

UPDATE 2:57 p.m.: The location is near Andersonia between Cooks Valley and Piercy.

*UPDATE 3:39 p.m.: The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office issued a correction saying that the body was that of an adult female. The press release also states,

The body was found on exposed terrain which appeared to have covered by the Eel River within the last few days as a result of a recent weather storm which brought heavy rain to the area.

Identification of the body is pending at this time and an autopsy is anticipated to be conducted on 04-17-2018.

Searchers are continuing to search for the missing family members and their vehicle which is believed to still be submerged somewhere in the Eel River.

UPDATE: Searchers Believe They Have Located Thottapilly Vehicle; Recovery Efforts Underway

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