IN BRIEF

File - This photo released April 12, 2018, by The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office shows the Eel River in Northern California. Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river found the vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said Monday, April 16, 2018, that searchers located the car Sunday and recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi Thottapilly. (Lt. Shannon Barney/Mendocino County Sheriff's Office via AP, File) -

Searchers find vehicle in California river, 2 bodies inside

LEGGETT, Calif. (AP) — Crews searching for a family whose vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river more than a week ago have found the sport utility vehicle and the bodies of a man and a girl inside, authorities said Monday.

Searchers located the car Sunday in the Eel River and recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, the Mendocino County sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The body of a woman found in the river last Friday has been identified as Soumya Thottapilly, 38, the statement said. The couple’s 12-year-old son, Sidhhanty Thottapilly, remains missing.

About 70 searchers combed the area of the crash Sunday, including more than 20 crew members searching the water with Jet Skis, boats and kayaks, the office said.

A team on a boat smelled gasoline about half a mile (1 kilometer) downstream from where the crash was reported and found the SUV.

It was encased in sediment from the river current, but divers were able to feel a person inside.

Scalise undergoes planned surgery 10 months after shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise, badly wounded by a gunman at a Republican baseball practice 10 months ago, underwent planned follow-up surgery Monday, and doctors were planning additional procedures.

The Louisiana congressman, seen as a potential successor to retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, was treated at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. That’s the same facility where Scalise was rushed after the June 2017 shooting that also wounded four others.

The medical center and the lawmaker’s office said in a statement that he has “initiated a series of planned, inpatient procedures” but provided no other detail. They said he was in “excellent spirits” and was expected to remain hospitalized for several days.

The 52-year-old Scalise, the third-ranking House GOP leader, wrote to colleagues earlier Monday that he would be “fully engaged” as he recovers from the surgery and would return to the Capitol “as soon as my doctors say I’m able.”

Ryan, R-Wis., announced last week that he won’t seek re-election in November. The front-runner in the contest to replace Ryan as top House Republican seems to be Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his party’s No. 2 House leader.

File – This photo released April 12, 2018, by The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office shows the Eel River in Northern California. Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river found the vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, April 16, 2018, that searchers located the car Sunday and recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi Thottapilly. (Lt. Shannon Barney/Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_120230072-1338042d01aa45238046a9efa8dd791f.jpgFile – This photo released April 12, 2018, by The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office shows the Eel River in Northern California. Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river found the vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, April 16, 2018, that searchers located the car Sunday and recovered the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly and Saachi Thottapilly. (Lt. Shannon Barney/Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)