Los Angeles-based Indian American family reported missing

Sandeep Thottapilly, wife Soumya and two children were on a road trip from Portland, OR, to San Jose, CA.

An Indian American family, on a road trip from Portland, Oregon, to San Jose, California, has been missing for three days and friends of the family are seeking help from authorities to start an aerial search to find them.

According to social media posts by friends, Sandeep Thottapilly (42), his wife, Soumya (38), and their two children Siddhant (12) and Saachi (9) have been missing since April 5.

The last known location of the family is in the vicinity of Klamath in northern California.

Latest Update: Investigators still looking for clues on the missing Indian American family from California

A flier posted online by friends of the family says the Thottapillys were in a maroon Honda Pilot with a California plate (7MMX138).

According to his social media profile, Sandeep Thottapilly, who is from Surat, in the Gujarat state of India, is a vice president at Union Bank and the family lives in Los Angeles.

Soumya Thottapilly is from Kochi, Kerala.

Sandeep Thottapilly with his family (Courtesy of Facebook)

Twitter user Sparsh Shah-Purhythm tweeted:

“Please see if the authorities in CA start an aerial search. This is over 3 nights, my little friends are missing.”

Sandeep Thottapilly’s father, who resides in Gujarat, has requested the help of Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj to take up the issue with US authorities.

“Respected Sushma Swaraj ji, I am a senior citizen and resident of Surat, Gujarat. My son Sandeep Thottapilly is residing in California, USA. He and his family are reported missing since last Thursday. Would request your good office to take up,” he tweeted.

The flier being circulated by friends urges anyone with information about the family’s whereabouts to contact local policy or call the number 813-616-3091.


  1. Rajan Nair

    Is there any updates

  2. Joe Tekkekadu

    Unfortunately the tweet to Sushma Swaraj does not tag her tweet id and will not reach her.

  3. Hope the Thottapilly’s are safe and return home safely. Came to know that Indian Consulate, San Francisco are in touch with the family’s relatives and a police investigation into the case has begun.

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