The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said after the vehicle was partially removed from the river, 2 bodies were found inside the vehicle - later identified as 42-year-old Sandeep and 9-year-old Saachi Thottapilly. On Sunday the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Division was also able to identify the adult female recovered from the Eel River on April 13, 2018 as being Soumya Thottapilly, 38.
Another search operation is being conducted around the Eel River in an attempt to locate Siddhant Thottapilly who still remains missing.
In a tragic turn of events, the bodies of three members of a Southern California Indian American family - whose maroon Honda Pilot had plunged into the Eel River near Leggett, California as they returned home from a spring break vacation in OR - were found and identified April 15 by a multi-agency search and rescue team.
An inter-agency search and rescue team in California on Friday also recovered some personal items and numerous parts of a vehicle from a swollen river in which the missing Indian family was travelling last week.
A team on a boat smelled gasoline about half a mile (1 kilometre) downstream from where the crash was reported and found the SUV.
Farther south, authorities were still looking for the missing members of a different family whose SUV plunged off a towering ocean bluff along the Pacific Coast Highway last month.
Sandeep was a Vice-President at Union Bank, while Soumya was a stay-at-home parent. Relatives reported them missing two days later.
The vehicle was encased in sediment and visibility was poor but divers believed there was at least one body inside, officials said.
About 70 searchers combed the area of the crash Sunday, including more than 20 crew members searching the water with Jet Skis, boats and kayaks, the office said.
The Thottapilly family was driving a maroon Honda Pilot with California plate 7MMX138.
"This provided searchers the ability to conduct a visual inspection of the inside of the vehicle", said van Patten, adding: "Searchers subsequently recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi Thottapilly from inside the vehicle". They were supposed to have arrived to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6, but they did not make it as scheduled. The family was last heard from in the town of Klamath, Del Norte County, on April 5, they said.