MCSO: Body found in Eel River, believed to be from Thottapilly family
LEGGETT, Calif. —
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Mendocino Sheriff's Office first announced that a juvenile's body was found. They have since updated the media with the following information:
On 04-13-2018 at approximately 10:45 AM searchers located the deceased body of an adult female approximately 7 miles north of the reported crash site (Eel River flows in a northern direction).
The body was found on exposed terrain which appeared to have covered by the Eel River within the last few days as a result of a recent weather storm which brought heavy rain to the area.
Identification of the body is pending at this time and an autopsy is anticipated to be conducted on 04-17-2018.
Searchers are continuing to search for the missing family members and their vehicle which is believed to still be submerged somewhere in the Eel River.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) reported Friday morning that search crews have found the body of a juvenile in the Eel River that is believed to be one of the two children of the missing Thottapilly family of four.
At 10:20 Friday morning, the MCSO said that a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) boat crew recovered a deceased juvenile approximately seven miles south of where the collision took place. The gender of the deceased person is unknown, and the body was found in the water, according to MCSO Sheriff Thomas Allman.
"At this time, the theory is that the child was from this vehicle," Sheriff Allman said. "As a coroner of the county we will do proper identifications."
Sheriff Allman said he has notified the family of the discovery of the body, wanting them to have all information possible. He also said law enforcement was in the process of removing the child from the water and taking the body to a mortuary.