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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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Missing Kansas Student Aisha Khan Found, Reunited with Family

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Aisha Khan, the 19-year-old Kansas college student missing for nearly a week has been found safe and unharmed, according to ABC News' Kansas City affiliate KMBC-TV.

Police said they made contact with Khan by phone Wednesday night and that she was not in danger.  The police investigation has now been closed, but no other details on Khan's whereabouts or what happened were immediately available.

Khan was last heard from on the morning of Dec. 19 when she left her sister a troubling voicemail, saying that while she was studying for finals at an outdoor picnic table, a drunk man had been harassing her and attempted to kiss her before she hit him and took off.

"Oh my gosh he was so scary.  My heart is, like, pounding.  I've never got this scared in my life," Khan can be heard saying in the message.  "Pick up your phones, I am freaked out right now."

Her family had feared the worst, with her mother and husband of five months pleading with her alleged captor to let her go.

In a brief press conference late Wednesday night, a Khan family spokesperson thanked the community for their outpouring of support.  But no family members would speak to reporters.

Police, who just days ago told ABC News that they were treating the case as an abduction, had no comment on Khan's reappearance.

Overland Park Officer Brian Schnavel told KMBC Wednesday that "Khan was not abducted or held against her will and no criminal act occurred," and that their investigation has concluded.

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San Diego Student Missing in Spain

ABC News(MADRID) -– American college student Austin Bice planned to go to a party last month on the night that he vanished. Now friends and family of the 22-year-old San Diego State University student are working frantically to figure out what may have happened to him.

Searchers are covering Madrid with the young man’s picture. Bice's father, Larry, flew from the family’s home in San Diego to lead the effort.

Austin Bice arrived in Spain back in January, as a foreign exchange student. His last blog entry, posted Feb. 25, included a flyer to a party and said, “Hopefully it will not disappoint (i assume it will not). It's in Madrid and it should be a fun night," Bice wrote.

But Austin hasn't been seen since. One theory suggests that Bice was turned away from a club and decided to walk home. Friends and family say it's unclear why he was turned away.

Investigators are also examining the city's surveillance video.

Austin's cell phone signal is still active, but his voicemail is full and he has not checked his email since the day he disappeared.

While the investigation continues, so does the worry for what it may reveal.

“We have all that great support from Madrid, but no one has seen our son,” his mother, Pamela Bice, said. “We just need to keep going and have all of those people look for him so we can get him home.”

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Police: Remains In Ill. Student Search Too Badly Burned

Photo Courtesy - ABC News | NIU Police Department (DEKALB, Ill.) -- The human remains found in the search for missing student Antinette "Toni" Keller were so badly burned that an autopsy will not be possible and more testing will be needed to identify them, police said Tuesday.

The remains were found late Saturday in a DeKalb, Ill. park where investigators were searching for the missing 18-year-old Northern Illinois University art student.

"The investigation is proceeding as a homicide investigation," DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen said Tuesday at a news conference. "Due to the state of the burnt remains, an autopsy is not viable."

"Forensic experts have identified the remains as human," he said. "Whether these remains are Toni's or not could take some time."

The remains were found near items that appeared to be things that witnesses said Keller had with her or was wearing when she was last seen, Feithen said.

More than 40 police officers from the DeKalb County major case squad are working on the investigation with support from from six other law enforcement agencies, including the Illinois State Police and the FBI, he said.

"We have continued to interview persons, whom we believe may have information relative to this case," he said. "To date we have spoken to approximately 50 people, some more than once."

Keller, an 18-year-old freshman, went missing on Oct. 14 after setting off alone into Prairie Park at around noon. The young woman was last seen at her residence hall, when she told fellow students she was going to the popular park to get ideas for an art project.

"She just told the people she was going into the forest, which she did all the time, to do her artwork because that's a nice way to relax and have your art feel going, and she always came back before dark," Jamie Feather, one of Keller's friends, told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. "She was supposed to meet someone the next day and never showed up."

According to Keller's cousin and family spokeswoman, Mary Tarling, Keller had made arrangements to see family and friends last weekend, and the family realized she was missing when she did not turn up at home Oct. 15.

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Search for Missing College Student Becomes Death Investigation

Photo Courtesy - NIU Police Department(DEKALB, Ill.) -- Police have found human remains in the park where a Northern Illinois University college student was last seen before disappearing more than a week ago.

Though officials have not yet identified the remains, authorities have reclassified the case as a homicide investigation.

Antinette “Toni” Keller, an art student at NIU, was last seen on Oct. 14. She told fellow students she was going to nearby Prairie Park to get ideas for an art project.

According to Keller's cousin and family spokeswoman, Mary Tarling, Keller had made arrangements to see family and friends last weekend, and the family realized she was missing when she did not turn up at home.

Tarling told ABC News that a set of dorm keys belonging to Keller was found in the park.

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