Prime News, State (Mangaluru), September 30:- Unable to bear the sudden death of her husband, a 55-year-old woman and their two children, who are from Mysuru, ended their lives on Saturday. The woman and her children drove to Mangaluru and jumped into the Netravati River. The bodies of the mother and daughter were recovered on Sunday, while a search is still on for the son’s body.
The Mandanna family — Kishan (65), Kavita (55), Kaushik (30) and Kalpitha (21) lived in a rented house in Mysuru’s Vijayanagara Stage IV.
Kavitha Mandanna found that her husband had passed away in his sleep when she woke up on Saturday morning. Kavita was a homemaker and her two children were engineers, who had returned to Mysuru two months ago.
Shattered by Kishan’s death, the family drove to Mangaluru with their pet dog and ended their lives. Although the mother and her children died, locals rescued the dog, who was trying to swim towards the river bank.
Kavita and her children had left a note that read ‘We miss you’ in the car, which was parked at the Netravati river bridge.
On learning about the incident, relatives of the Mandanna family rushed to the family’s residence in Mysuru, where they found Kishan’s body.
According to the Vijayanagara police, the victims were originally from Kodagu and had settled in Mysuru. When they drove to the Nethravathi river bridge in Bantwal’s Panemangaluru area, they first threw the dog off the bridge at around 10.45 pm on Saturday and then took the fatal plunge.
“Some people who saw them jump immediately alerted locals, who alerted local swimmers. But the bodies had washed away quickly. Locals found Kavitha’s body within two hours and the search operation is still on,” police said.
The daughter’s body was found on Sunday, while the rescue team is still looking for Kaushik. “The dog has been sent to the veterinary hospital. The family had sold their own house in Mysuru and also their coffee plantation in Kodagu recently. We believe that financial crisis may have led them to take the step,” Bantwal police said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).