Belongings found from family whose car plunged off highway into California river

first_imgHandout via KGO(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) —  It’s been a week since a family of four vanished after their car plunged into a Northern California river. The parents and their two young children remain missing, but crews have recovered car parts and some of their belongings, authorities said.Sandeep and Soumya Thottapilly and their children, 12-year-old Siddhant and 9-year-old Saachi, disappeared on April 6, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said.The family, from Santa Clarita in Southern California, was driving south on vacation and was supposed to stop in the San Jose area on April 6 to visit a friend — but they never showed up.That afternoon their car was reported to have plunged into the Eel River, off the 101 freeway south in Mendocino County, the sheriff’s office said.On the day of the reported crash, a search-and-rescue dive team was dispatched, but the crews weren’t able to search because a storm had caused an unsafe height and current in the river, the county sheriff’s office said. The California Highway Patrol did recover a part from a maroon Honda Pilot — the type of car the family was traveling in, the sheriff’s office said.Days went by without a word from the family and they were officially reported missing on Sunday to the San Jose Police Department.On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, water levels in the river dropped, allowing search teams to use a jet boat equipped with a sonar system to probe underwater with a pole, the sheriff’s office said.While the car and the missing family were still not found, the crews recovered car parts and some of their personal items. The sheriff’s office didn’t reveal what the belongings are but said they do “confirm the fact the vehicle that was seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family.”Pat Berkowitz, who witnessed the crash last week, told ABC station KGO in San Francisco he saw the car flip over into the river.“The car kept going straight and it was going off the pavement,” he said. “It’s on two wheels and I’m going by and it’s flipping over.”Berkowitz said he tried to go down to the embankment.“I’m yelling, ‘Hello, hello, anyone there?”‘ he said. “It’s horrific.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nelson Reps grab four gold medals at Terry Walgren Tourney; U15s upset U16s

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer teams captured half of the gold medals as the 2013 Terry Walgren Rep Tournament concluded under sunny skies Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.Nelsonites won two golds on the girl’s side of the tourney and a pair of top prizes on the boy’s side.The Nelson U15 Girls were the proudest of the lot after knocking off their older U16 cousins in the U16 Girl’s final.Darian Voisard scored twice as the younger squad edged the older U16s for the second time on the weekend. Friday, Allie Zondervan scored the lone goal as the U15s upset the U16s 1-0. The U15s finished the tournament with a 3-0-1 record.In the U18 division, Nelson edged Kelowna United for the gold medal.Kootenay South won both the U14 and U15 Girls divisions with Nelson placing second in the U14 division.On the boy’s side, Nelson Selects took home the top prize in the U14 Boys Division while Nelson U17s won the U18 Boys title.Kootenay South edged Nelson Selects in the final of the U13 Boys while Kootenay South claimed the U15 Boy’s Division.A total of 29 teams from throughout the Kootenay region competed in the three-day tournament.Sunday also marked the debut of the B.C. Soccer U12 Festival Jamboree. Fourteen teams entered the tournament that kept no scores and no results.last_img read more