A body found in an Alameda County, Calif., lake Oct. 7 was confirmed by the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau to be that of Indian American Raghavendra “Raghu” Indugula, media reports here suggest. Indugula, 31, who was an operations specialist contractor at Salesforce.com, went missing Oct. 2 during a company retreat. His body was found in Lake Del Valle, according to a report on SanFrancisco.CBSlocal.com.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Raghavendra Indugula, who was a contractor in Salesforce’s IT organization,” a Salesforce spokeswoman told India-West. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Raghu’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
During the day he went missing, Indugula was on a team-building excursion with co-workers and was part of a group being shuttled by boat between the Hetch Hetchy group picnic area and the lake’s marina, according to the East Bay Regional Park District, according to the SanFrancisco.CBSlocal.com report.
Seven other people were on the boat when it began to fill with water. All the passengers jumped out of the boat and swam to shore but noticed that Indugula was missing when they got there. According to an SFist.com report, none of the passengers had life vests on.
A days-long search ensued but proved unsuccessful. A fisherman found Indugula’s body floating about a half-mile north of the marina, according to park district officials. Indugula was a graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad. He worked for DevMode IT Solutions in India before moving to the U.S. to work at Softential in Herndon, Va.; Coca-Cola Refreshments and Cox Communications in Atlanta, Ga.; prior to joining Salesforce in April, according to his LinkedIn profile. Indugula is survived by his wife and 1-year-old daughter, the SFist.com report stated.