Providence, Apr 25 (): The Rhode Island medical examiner’s office is taking all steps to find out whether a body found in Providence River on Tuesday is that of a missing Brown University student, Sunil Tripathi, who was falsely accused by social media websites to be one of Boston Marathon bombers.
A Brown rowing coach reported a body in the river near India Point Park, Lindsay Lague, said spokeswoman for the Providence Police Department on Wednesday.
The river where the body was found is very near the Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel. The hotel is at a distance of just over a mile apart from Tripathi’s apartment on Angell Street in Providence where he was last seen on March 16.
Providence Police Lieutenant Joseph Donnelly said, “It is very, very possible” that the body could be that of Sunil Tripathi (22), who disappeared on 16 March”.
Dara Chadwick, spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said an autopsy is being done on the body. She added however it was unlikely a positive identification will be made today.
Commander Thomas Oates of the Providence Police Department said the body appeared to be a male in his twenties and had “been in the water for a while.”
When asked to Detective Mark Sacco if it could be Tripathi, he said it was “likely” but was careful to say they would not know who it is until the medical examiner makes an examination.
The family members of Tripathi have been posting the latest information and messages of hope on their “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi” Facebook page.
Last week, Sunil’s case was brought back into the spotlight following an assault of mistaken speculation that Tripathi was connected to the Boston Marathon bombings.
“A painful amount of attention has been cast on our beloved Sunil Tripathi,” his family said in a statement after Sunil Tripathi’s name caught in relation to Boston bombimg. A Reddit moderator later apologised.