The family of a man missing since his daughter’s Delta wedding Saturday released a video showing him dancing to Bollywood music during a celebration held the night before his disappearance.
The video was released in response to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s decision Tuesday to suspend the search for Prasad Moparti, who had traveled from India to attend the ceremony at Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove.
Newlywed Durga Moparti said the family hopes to refute the idea that her father wanted to harm himself. In a statement Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department said the 55-year-old man’s family “ indicated Moparti suffered from depression, and that he showed indicators of his depression leading up to the wedding.”
But Moparti said the family was trying to say that her father, a busy project manager in India, wasn’t used to the slower pace in the United States.
“When we said depressed, we meant he was a little sad about not having anything to do,” before her wedding, said Moparti, 29.
With little to do during the run-up to the ceremony, he had started taking long walks while visiting his daughter in Los Angeles. He was never treated for clinical depression and was not taking medication for depression, she said.
In the Sheriff’s Department release, spokesman Tony Turnbull also said there were no “suspicious circumstances or foul play,” leading to Moparti’s disappearance.
Turnbull said Moparti was considered a voluntary missing person, but considering his lack of familiarity with the area and purported history of depression, the department used “all resources available in attempts to locate him.”
The video, recorded Friday, shows Moparti smiling as he danced. His daughter said he enjoyed the ceremony Saturday. As people prepared to leave the mansion that afternoon, Prasad Moparti told a family member that he was going for a short walk, she said.
When he didn’t come back, she said the family searched for 10 miles before calling the police. Moparti is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 180 pounds and was dressed in traditional Indian attire when last seen. The family posted fliers from Isleton to Rio Vista.
On Saturday and Sunday, searchers from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and Coast Guard units 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.
Durga Moparti thanked law enforcement for its efforts to find her father, but said she and her family will continue to search until he is found.
“This seems so mysterious,” she said. “We are running out of options.”