They were reported missing on April 8 when they failed to show up for a visit at their relatives place in San Jose.
The body of Siddhant Thottapilly was found at about 4 p.m. submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) downstream from where the family auto reportedly crashed, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Capt. Gregory L. Van Patten said in a statement. Separately, an adult female body recovered on Friday from another area of the river was identified as Soumya Thottapilly, 38.
The debris of a vehicle and some personal items recovered by the search confirm the suspicion that the vehicle that was seen plunging in the storm-swollen Eel river belonged to the missing Thottapilly family, CBS news reported.
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.
Witnesses in Mendocino County - the same Northern California locality where another family died last month after their auto was possibly driven off a cliff - reported seeing an SUV being swept away in a river. Searchers found a vehicle submerged between 4-6 feet under the water. A third family member's body was recovered last week and now has been identified. The search consisted of 21 water searchers, which included two jet-ski teams, two boat teams and several Kayak/Carlson board teams.
Sandeep worked as a vice-president with the Union Bank and lived in Los Angeles with his family. Authorities say they believe the crash was intentional.
The family was on a road trip to Portland, Oregon and coming back to their home in California, when they went missing.
The Thottapilly family was driving a maroon Honda Pilot with California plate 7MMX138. The family was last heard from in the town of Klamath on April 5. He grew up in Surat, Gujarat, and settled down in the USA over 15 years ago, a relative said. The crash killed a married couple, Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and at least three of their six children.
The body was found a day after the vehicle with Siddhant's father and younger sister inside were pulled from the river sediment. Investigators said that vehicle may have been intentionally driven off the cliff.