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    CA - Sandeep 42, Soumya 38, Siddhant 12, Saachi Thottapilly, 9, Klamath, 5 Apr 2018

    Two adults and two children of the Thottappilly family were on their way from Portland, Oregon, to San Jose, where they suddenly stopped communicating with family in Valencia. The family, all having the Thottapilly surname, includes: Sandeep, 42, father; Soumya, 38, mother; Siddhant, 12, their son; and 9-year-old Saachi, their daughter.

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    https://signalscv.com/2018/04/valenc...tal-road-trip/

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    News of the family’s absence was posted Monday on Facebook as a “Missing” poster explaining briefly what happened.


    The notice reads: “We lost contact with them on April 5. Last known location is around Klamath – Redwood National Park Area.”
    https://signalscv.com/2018/04/valenc...tal-road-trip/

    I hope this was just a miscommunication about their vacation plans-- maybe they are camping somewhere with no cell signal?

    But car accident is my first thought.

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    http://www.times-standard.com/genera...01-chp-reports
    That is the only car crash news I can find from the correct time frame, but really I would think the family would have been notified in some manner if it was a crash that was reported. I worry more about driving at night and in a spot where no one notices you went off the road. Or, as has happened in other cases, a family venturing onto a road that it is only open seasonally and getting caught in bad road conditions.

    I hope the family has officially been reported missing so that LE can help them and get information out about their car. I am concerned that time may be of the essence here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_in_c View Post
    http://www.times-standard.com/genera...01-chp-reports
    That is the only car crash news I can find from the correct time frame, but really I would think the family would have been notified in some manner if it was a crash that was reported. I worry more about driving at night and in a spot where no one notices you went off the road. Or, as has happened in other cases, a family venturing onto a road that it is only open seasonally and getting caught in bad road conditions.

    I hope the family has officially been reported missing so that LE can help them and get information out about their car. I am concerned that time may be of the essence here.
    Oh, no that's horrible! Rescuers were not able to find the car in the river. They might not even know the make, model or license plate to contact anyone about it.

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    Another article about the car lost in the river:
    The water was swift and murky and the vehicle was completely submerged when Norris’ team arrived on the site.

    “We’ll have to wait until the water goes down,” Norris said.

    At this point, neither Norris nor the California Highway Patrol knew what type of vehicle went over the edge nor how many occupants were in it. Our hearts go out to the family that is waiting and not knowing what happened to their loved one.
    http://kymkemp.com/2018/04/06/rescue...his-afternoon/


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    I have found another news report about the crash in the link I posted above.
    http://kiem-tv.com/2018/04/09/chp-se...-in-eel-river/

    But it does not offer any new information and it does not sound like they have been able to retrieve the vehicle. I also don't see anyone reporting what type of vehicle was involved or license plate information. Hopefully CHP has that info (whether it is related to this missing family or not).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener1850 View Post
    Another article about the car lost in the river:

    http://kymkemp.com/2018/04/06/rescue...his-afternoon/
    Excellent work finding more details! But so disappointing that they have no additional information on the car. I would think whomever reported it might at least know the color/style.

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    Having lived in the Klamath Valley for 6 years Iím familiar with the roads. Theyíre no joke and are often windy and narrow, especially through the redwoods. My ex and I would take frequent road trips and I would often wonder how many cars were stranded down some of the endless cliffs. They also had some weak little guardrails that served no purpose for preventing a vehicle from going over. They were more or less a visual aid so you knew the curve was ahead.
    Very desolate and itís not uncommon to be the only car on the road.
    Hope they find them soon


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    Looks like someone posted a link to the crash on the original santa clarita article. I am not comfortable reaching out to the family with this sort of news, but I do hope they talk with LE and in a best case scenario, find out if is not possible to be the missing family.

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    It looks like 101S wouldn't be the most direct route to San Jose. It's a 10+ hour drive from Portland to San Jose. Adds about 4 hours to take 101 for the entirety. BUT, it's likely more scenic, and maybe this was a leisurely 'we're going to stop a lot' spring break trip. So it's possible it's this family.

    I hope to goodness it's not, as it would be nice for a 'found safe, just didn't have cell service!' report, but it seems possible that it is.

    ETA: In reading again, they were last heard from around 'Klamath'. That's along the coastal route, and comparatively speaking not too far from the crash site. So it does seem a likely possibility.
    Last edited by CTPDMom; 04-10-2018 at 10:23 AM.

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    http://kymkemp.com/2018/04/09/river-...d-last-friday/

    There's a comment re: debris at the scene below this link.

    Anyone see the vehicle this family was operating described anywhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTPDMom View Post
    http://kymkemp.com/2018/04/09/river-...d-last-friday/

    There's a comment re: debris at the scene below this link.

    Anyone see the vehicle this family was operating described anywhere?
    The missing poster says they were in a Maroon Honda Pilot with CA plates #7MMX138


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    Quote Originally Posted by CTPDMom View Post
    http://kymkemp.com/2018/04/09/river-...d-last-friday/

    There's a comment re: debris at the scene below this link.

    Anyone see the vehicle this family was operating described anywhere?
    I see the comment, good catch. Here is the missing poster.. they were driving a Maroon Honda Pilot.

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    I have a sinking feeling the missing vehicle in the river is this family.
    Prayers I'm wrong.
    Don't mind the misspellings.

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    Thank you.

    And oh no.

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