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Searchers to comb river in region where Calif. family vanished after road trip from Portland

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Thottapilly family (Photo: Facebook) Thottapilly family (Photo: Facebook)
PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

Authorities are planning to search a rain-swollen river in Northern California where a vehicle reportedly fell in last week. The search will take place in the same region of Northern California where a family of four was reported missing Tuesday. 

The Thottapilly family was driving to their home in Santa Clarita, California, from Portland, Oregon, authorities say.  A relative called on April 8 to report the family missing.

Mendocino County sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney tells The Press-Democrat newspaper that officials will launch a search of the south fork of the Eel River once water levels drop and the flow slows.

Witnesses reported a newer-model maroon vehicle went into the river about 1 p.m. Friday during stormy weather. The vehicle was southbound on U.S. 101, pulled into a turnout and went over the side and into the river.

The Thottapilly family was expected in San Jose on Friday.

A "missing" poster on Facebook identifies the family members as 42-year-old Sandeep, 38-year-old Soumya, 12-year-old Siddhanty and 9-year-old Saachi. Their car is a maroon or burgundy 2016 Honda Pilot with license plates 7MMX138.

The poster says their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area."

Heavy rain fell on that northwestern California region last week.

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