Family of Four Found Dead After Fatal Crash, Details Emerge

April 16, 2018Apr 16, 2018

Search crews in Mendocino County on Monday were able to find the Honda Pilot that was carrying a family of four last week before it fell from Highway 101 into the Eel River near Leggett, according to ABC 7

Two bodies were recovered from the vehicle. The family's son's body was discovered on Monday as well. He was, according to reports, the last family member to be found after the crash. The car was partially buried in silt and under six feet of water. 

Authorities are still investigating the accident. 

Searchers on the Eel River in Leggett, California on Sunday recovered the submerged bodies. A body recovered last week was identified as the mother. The body of their son — again, the last to be discovered — was found at 4 pm on Monday. 

The New York Times reports that the family was vacationing when they were reported missing. 

On Sunday, about 70 people fanned out along the river about 180 miles north of San Fransisco. In the early afternoon, searchers on a boat smelled gas coming from the water. They then found the vehicle, and divers reported feeling around the vehicle until they found a body inside.

This is the second time in a month that the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has sent out rescue teams to discover a lost family. In both cases, the New York Times claims that stormy weather and choppy waters complicated recovery efforts. 

In the early crash, a couple and at least six of their adopted children were killed after their vehicle plunged off a cliff. 

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