Pennsylvania couple adopts 10th child and reunites boy with his 2 sisters

Brenda Watkins
April 13, 2018

The house is destroyed and they have lost nearly everything.

Thottapilly was traveling with his wife Soumya Thottapilly, 38, and the couple's two children; 12-year-old Siddhant Thottapilly and his 9-year-old sister Saachi Thottapilly.

Relatives of the Thottapilly family positively identified the items as belongings of their family members, authorities said.

The family who was expected to return to San Jose, Calif., on Friday from a road trip to Portland, Ore., was reported missing by a family member on Sunday.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol have been searching the Eel River for days for signs of the maroon Honda Pilot belonging to the Thottapilly family of Valencia. The family was scheduled to arrive to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6, but never showed up, authorities said. Mendocino County sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney told The Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa that officials will launch a search of the south fork of the Eel River once water levels drop and the flow slows.

CHP was coordinating recovery efforts, but the vehicle hadn't been found by Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle was southbound on USA 101, pulled into a turnout and went over the side and into the river. They were able to locate numerous items that appeared to have come from a vehicle body and interior.

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

Matt Lemus, the family's neighbor, said there has been no activity at the home since the family left on March 30.

Another neighbor, Pattie McCormick, is hoping for the best.

"They then lost Lisa's mum 2 years ago who died at the young age of 59 in tragic circumstances having never gotten over the loss of her first born daughter". "I just hope they're lost". The Thottapilly family was traveling from Portland to their home in Santa Clarita with a stop in San Jose along the way.

"We're praying for the family, for their family, we're praying for ourselves", neighbor Lynn McTaggart said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact their local authorities or dial 813-616-3091.

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