Family of 4 Disappears During California Road Trip

Two days after Gujarat resident Thottapally Babu Subramaniam tweeted to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, urging her to help locate his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, authorities in the United States are fearing the worst.

A "missing" poster shared by friends and family on Facebook identified the Thottapilly family members as 42-year-old Sandeep, 38-year-old Soumya, 12-year-old Siddhanty and 9-year-old Saachi. The rain caused the river to swell and to be clouded with mud and debris, Wunderlich said.

Farther south along the Mendocino County coast, authorities continue to look for members of a family missing since an SUV made a deadly and possibly intentional plunge off a towering ocean bluff along State Route 1 last month.

Friends have started a Go Fund Me page to help the family.

Police mounted a murder investigation but her body, and her killer, have never been found. "Through the collaborated efforts of all the involved agencies, we are working to resolve this incident as quickly and safely as possible".

She also said she had asked for a report from India's Consul General in San Francisco.

The California Highway Patrol responded Friday to reports of a vehicle falling off the side of a steep embankment on the 101 Freeway in Mendocino County, according to the LA Times.

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The vehicle is the same kind that the Thottapilly family owned. Right now, he says the river is running high, swift and cold.

"Family has been on a road trip from Portland, Or (sic) to San Jose, CA and we lost contact with them on 04/05", the notice reads in part.

Authorities are not connecting the two incidents, but the Thottapilly family was last heard from the day before authorities received reports of a maroon Honda Pilot - the same color and make of the Thottapillys' SUV - submerging into the swollen river along US Highway 101 north of Leggett, according to local media reports.

"Due to the strong river current, and the poor clarity, the vehicle was unable to be located" on Friday, adding that authorities "have continuously searched and monitored the river in attempts to located the vehicle", with assistance from a CHP helicopter.

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 Thursday. CHP Public Information Officer William Wunderlich from the Garberville office said there are similarities between that vehicle and the family's auto, including the color.

The father of Sandeep Thottapilly reached out for help from Union Bank, where he says his son is the vice president.

  • Sonia Alvarado