Missing Indian family in US suspected to be swept away in flood waters

A search is underway north of Leggett for an SUV that was swept away with its occupants in flood waters on Friday, which matches the description of the SUV driven by Sandeep's family.

By Author  |  Published: 11th Apr 2018  12:54 amUpdated: 12th Apr 2018  6:24 pm
Indian family
Sandeep Thottapilly, his wife Soumya, and their children Siddhant and Saachi.

Hyderabad: Unconfirmed but disturbing news has emerged about the Indian family that went missing in the United States.

According to reports in local US 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.

According to reports, a search is underway north of Leggett for an SUV that was swept away with its occupants in flood waters on Friday, which matches the description of the SUV driven by Sandeep’s family which has been missing since Thursday, April 5.

Sandeep and his family, comprising his wife Soumya, and their children Siddhant and Saachi, were on their way from Portland in a maroon Honda Pilot to San Jose, when they suddenly stopped communicating with relatives in Valencia.

“On Friday, April 6, we received reports of a traffic collision of a vehicle into the Eel River,” said California Highway Patrol Officer William Wunderlich, the Signal reported on Tuesday.

“The vehicle was completely submerged in the river due to the heavy rain,” he said. “We are working on finding the vehicle but we are not able to locate it.”

“Based on our preliminary investigation and witness statements, we believe the vehicle was a 2016 or 2017 Honda Pilot maroon in color.”

“This vehicle and the missing person’s vehicle are similar but, at this time, we are unable to confirm its the same vehicle,” Wunderlich said.

“We have personnel at the scene searching, as well as CalFire Rescue crews searching so we are constantly evaluating the situation,” he said.

Though the reports are yet to be confirmed, they have sent relatives into shock, with efforts on to confirm what happened to the family.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she has sought a report from the Consul General in San Francisco.