Indian Father goes missing from his daughter’s wedding

A 55-year-old Indian man from Hyderabad, who was on a visit to the US to attend his daughter’s marriage, went missing after the wedding reception.

Prasad Moparti, had been in the US since January and was scheduled to return to India on February 26th.

He was attending his daughter’s, Durga Moparti’s wedding when walked away at 4 pm and never returned, informed Tony TurnBull, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department. The incident happened at the Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove in Northern California on Saturday.

Turnbull also informed that the authorities had suspended their search operations as they believed that there were no “Suspicious circumstances or foul play leading to his disappearance”.

He also said that Poarti was considered a voluntary missing person, but considering his lack of familiarity with the area and history of depression, the department used “all resources available in attempts to locate him”.

“Family members indicated Mpoarti suffered from depression, and that he showed indicators of his depression leading up to the wedding,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

That contradicts the picture painted earlier on Tuesday by daughter Durga. She could not be reached after the search was suspended.

“Our dad was really very happy. He was dancing. He was really joyful,” she told reporters hours before the search was called off.

She said her father, an avid walker who manages apartments in Hyderabad, danced at the party on Friday and enjoyed the ceremony on Saturday. She said as people were packing to leave the mansion on Saturday, Prasad Moparti told a family member that he was going for a short walk.

When he didn’t come back, she said the family searched for 10 miles before calling the police.

Moparti was dressed in traditional Indian attire when last seen. The family posted fliers from Isleton to Rio Vista, Sacramento Bee reported.

On Saturday and Sunday, searchers from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and Coast Guard units meticulously combed the shores as the bride’s family circulated the fliers. On Monday, a CHP plane searched by air while a sheriff’s dog attempted to pick up a scent.

“We’ve done just about everything imaginable,” Deputy Dave Kirby said before the search was called off.

(With Inputs From PTI)



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