Father of bride vanishes at wedding reception in Northern California

A search is underway in Northern California for the father of a bride who was visiting from India, but disappeared during the wedding reception Saturday.

Prasad Moparti, 55, was attending his daughter’s wedding at Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove when he walked away about 4 p.m. and never returned, said Sgt. Tony Turnbull, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Moparti arrived from India in January and doesn’t know the area very well, he said.

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His daughter, Durga Moparti, told FOX40-TV that family members saw him walking down a road and believed he was going for a casual walk.

"I believe that he was just walking and he fell unconscious, and he just tripped or something like that, but I'm really not sure what happened, and this seems like a total mystery," the daughter said.

Family members told sheriff’s officials that the man had been depressed, but his daughter said he had been participating in wedding activities and appeared to be happy, the news station reported.

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Sheriff’s deputies used search dogs to hunt for the missing father and examined a nearby lake.

Prasad Moparti was last seen wearing traditional clothing described as a brown and gold shirt and cream-colored undergarment. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, has black eyes and black and gray hair.

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