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Wednesday
Apr242013

Body Pulled From River May Be Brown University Student

The Tripathi Family(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- The Rhode Island medical examiner's office is trying to determine if a body pulled from a river is missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who was erroneously linked on social media to the Boston bombings last week.

An autopsy is being conducted on the body; however it was unlikely a positive identification will be made by the end of Wednesday, according to Dara Chadwick, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office.

Tripathi, a 22-year-old philosophy major from Radnor, Pa., was last seen on March 16 but ignited a social media firestorm last week after the FBI released a photograph of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects wearing a white baseball cap.

Amateur sleuths reported a resemblance between the man in the photo and Tripathi, sparking widespread speculation that the missing Ivy League student was the bomber. The speculation became so rampant it propelled Tripathi's name onto the Twitter top trends list.

Tripathi's family wrote on Facebook the attention had been "painful" and they "have known unequivocally all along that neither individual suspected as responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings was Sunil."

On Monday, Reddit general manager Erik Martin apologized for the "dangerous speculation" that "spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties."

"The Reddit staff and the millions of people on Reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened," Martin wrote in a blog post on Monday.

"We all need to look at what happened and make sure that in the future we do everything we can to help and not hinder crisis situations," he said.

The FBI became involved in the search for Tripathi last month, expanding the search across the Northeast after authorities found no signs of him in the Providence, R.I., area.

Sangeeta Tripathi, Sunil's sister, told ABCNews.com at the time it was "completely atypical" for her brother to disappear without contacting anyone. His cell phone and wallet were also left at his home, she said.

"He's just a really quiet, smart kid," she said.

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Saturday
Mar302013

Missing Ivy League Student Spotted in Surveillance Video

Courtesy Tripathi Family(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- New surveillance video footage of a missing Brown University student on the morning of his disappearance may provide authorities with new clues to help locate him.

New images from a surveillance camera show 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, of Radnor, Pa., moments after leaving his apartment at 1:33 a.m. on March 16, just 20 minutes after he last used his computer. Police said he left his wallet and phone behind.

"Typically, two reasons people don't take the normal things they take with them is because they're stepping outside to talk to somebody, they're going half a block away, or they're not coming back," ABC News consultant and former FBI agent Brad Garrett told Good Morning America.

"His state of mind in those last interactions on the computer, in the last few hours that people knew where he was is important to assess," Garrett said.

Authorities searched Tripathi's computer and bank accounts, but reportedly found nothing. They also found what they have called a vague note in the student's apartment, but will not reveal the contents of the letter.

Police are hoping the video surveillance images of the missing philosophy major may provide new leads in the investigation.

Two weeks have passed since Tripathi was last seen by his housemate.

The FBI has joined the Providence Police Department and the Brown University Department of Public Safety in the investigation, which has expanded to Boston, Connecticut, New York, and Philadelphia, according to a statement from the school.

Meanwhile, Tripathi's brother and sister, Ravi Tripathi and Sangeeta Tripathi, have been casing the Providence, R.I. area in hopes of uncovering new leads in the search for their missing younger brother.

"We've just been literally walking every road we saw him walk. Walking in every nook and cranny, talking to every local business, and really trying to move forward," Sangeeta Tripathi said.

"Everyone's racking their brains to see if they can come up with places that he might be or where he might have gone," Ravi Tripathi said.

Tripathi's brother described Sunil as quiet, saying "he found really simple things made him very happy."

"He was a musician and listened to classical music," he said.

Sunil Tripathi was last seen wearing a pair of blue jeans, a black Eastern Mountain Sports ski jacket, glasses and a Philadelphia Eagles wool hat. He is 6-feet tall and weighs 130 pounds.

A Facebook page was created to aid in the search for the missing Ivy League student.

"Surveillance and imaging provide new clues to the continued search, and equally important, a boost of energy for all of us in the coming days," read a post on the page. "We love you, Sunny, and we hope to see you soon."

 

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Sunday
Mar242013

Sunil Tripathi: Search for Missing Ivy League Student Expands Across Northeast

Courtesy Tripathi Family(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- The search for a Brown University student who left home without his wallet and cellphone has expanded across the Northeast after authorities found no signs of him in the Providence, R.I., area.

Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old philosophy major, was last seen by his housemate on the morning of March 16.

His sister, Sangeeta Tripathi, said her brother had "no exceptional plans" that weekend and that it was "completely atypical" of him to disappear without contacting anyone.

"Between family and friends, we are in constant contact with him," Tripathi, 30, said. "We became worried when he didn't respond to many missed calls."

Tripathi's bicycle, which he used as his main form of transportation, was also at the apartment he shared with several other Brown University students, his sister said.

The search has focused in the past week on hospitals, stores, parks and other public spaces where Tripathi could be, but authorities have found no signs of him.

The search, which has been spearheaded by the Providence Police Department and the Brown University Department of Public Safety, has now expanded to Boston, Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia, according to a statement from the school.

The FBI has joined the search.

"[It's] on the small hope he just decided to go somewhere and is OK. People have been posting fliers and visiting places a young person without an ID or money would go," Tripathi said.

Sunil Tripathi grew up in Radnor, Pa., as the youngest of three siblings, who have all attended Brown University, his sister said.

"He's just a really quiet smart kid. All three of us went to Brown and he outscored us in all of our grades," Sangeeta Tripathi said.

"We're a very, very close family and when we heard [he was missing], we were trying to frantically look for photos. We had trouble finding a photo [where] we all weren't so physically close in the image," she said.

Sunil Tripathi was last seen wearing a pair of blue jeans, a black Eastern Mountain Sports ski jacket, glasses and a Philadelphia Eagles wool hat. He is 6-feet tall and weighs 130 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Providence Police Department.

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