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Search ends for man who disappeared after daughter’s wedding

Video: Missing father of bride dances at wedding

The family of the missing Indian man, who disappeared within hours of his daughter's wedding on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2016, released video of him dancing to dispel any suggestion he may have harmed himself. Sacramento County sheriffs office suspended
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The family of the missing Indian man, who disappeared within hours of his daughter's wedding on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2016, released video of him dancing to dispel any suggestion he may have harmed himself. Sacramento County sheriffs office suspended

Authorities ended the Delta search Tuesday for the 55-year-old Indian native who went missing after his daughter’s wedding at Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove.

The announcement by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department came roughly 72 hours after Prasad Moparti was reported missing.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Turnbull said there was no “suspicious circumstances or foul play leading to his disappearance.”

In a prepared statement, Turnbull said Moparti 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 Moparti suffered from depression, and that he showed indicators of his depression leading up to the wedding,” the Sheriff’s Department stated in news release.

That contradicts the picture painted earlier Tuesday by daughter Durga Moparti, 29. 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 the city of Hyderabad in southern India, danced at the party Friday and enjoyed the ceremony Saturday. She said as people were packing to leave the mansion on Saturday afternoon, 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 is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 180 pounds and 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 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.

Earlier Tuesday, Durga Moparti said that she could not comprehend a scenario in which her father would vanish. He does not have his passport or money, she said. Moparti had been in the United States for about a month.

“The only indication that we had was that he had been idle” since arriving in the U.S., she said. “He was a workaholic back in India and was managing several projects. He was bored.”

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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