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Mother who intentionally drove family off cliff was drunk

15 April 2018

Authorities said they also recovered a number of personal items from the river during the search, and have concluded that the SUV that drowned in Eel river in the first week of April most likely belonged to the Thottapilly family.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office also assisted, using a sonar system.

A woman who called OR child welfare officials in 2013 about a woman who last month drove off a California cliff with her family says the household was run "like a regimented boot camp". The items were identified by family members as belonging to the Thottapilly family, officials said.

A woman's body was found by rescuers in the USA during the search of a missing Indian family of four feared drowned in a swollen river in California, officials said.

The family, Sandeep Thottapilly, his wife Soumya, 38, and the couple's two children, 12-year-old Siddhant and his 9-year-old sister Saachi, began a trip to Portland, Oregon from their Valencia home on March 30. At a press conference on Friday, the Coroner originally said that the body was that of a child but later said that it was an adult female. On their return on April 5, they spoke of plans to stop and visit relatives in San Jose the following day, the San Jose Police Department said in a statement. The family was traveling as a strong storm dumped rain on Northern California. Searchers are looking for the missing family members and their vehicle which is believed to be submerged somewhere in the Eel River.

Police identified their vehicle as a maroon or burgundy 2016 Honda Pilot with license plates 7MMX138. The neighbors said the children complained to them about being mistreated by their parents and asked for food, saying their parents withheld meals as punishment.

The vehicle, believed to be a newer-model maroon Honda Pilot, went over the edge of Highway 101 at mile marker 95. "They would ride scooters up and down the street and the grandparents would come to town".

The search along the south fork of the Eel River is north of where another search has been going on along the Mendocino County coast for members of a family of eight whose SUV plunged off a towering ocean bluff and into the surf line below.

Bruce Carpenter told reporters that toxicology tests showed that "the preliminary blood-alcohol content was a.102" for the driver, a reading that's about 25 percent high than the state's legal drunk driving definition of.08. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected. Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, and three of their adopted children, Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14, have all been reported dead. She was the behind the wheel of the auto at the time of the plunge.

Mother who intentionally drove family off cliff was drunk