Body of Missing Brown U. Student Found

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 10:59 AM EDT
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Body of Missing Brown U. Student Found

Tripathi Family

Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student, has been missing for more than a week.

The body of a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island has been found in water near a hotel on Providence.

Sunil Tripathi, 22, of Pennsylvania, was reported missing in March and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was helping in a five-state search that included Connecticut, according to the Providence Journal.

Tripathi was last seen on Friday, March 15 on the campus of the Ivy League university, according to the Journal, and the search was expanded to Connecticut, Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

His family said Sunil’s wallet, ID cards, credit cards and cell phone were found in his room.

"The Rhode Island State Medical Examiners office this morning confirmed that the body found late Tuesday afternoon in the water at India Point Park (opposite the Wyndham Hotel) is that of Sunil Tripathi, age 22," an e-mail from Providence city officials said.

The medical examiner declared that no foul play is suspected in his death.

Members of the Brown crew team found Tripani's body in waters off India Point Park, according to the Associated Press.

Relatives of Tripathi, who's from Bryn Mawr, Pa., had been searching for him with help from the FBI and Brown students.

A Twitter account, @findingsunny, and a Facebook page were set up to help with the search and the family posted a message on the Facebook page on Thursday morning.

"As we carry indescribable grief, we also feel incredible gratitude. To each one of you–from our hometown to many distant lands–we extend our thanks for the words of encouragement, for your thoughts, for your hands, for your prayers, and for the love you have so generously shared."

Tripathi grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and had been living in Providence since 2008, according to Brown University, where he is a philosophy major and a talented saxophonist.

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