Body found in river could be Sunil Tripathi's: Report

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 16:15 hrs

Boston: Police have pulled out a man's body from the Providence River and authorities said it is "very possible" that it is missing Indian-origin student Sunil Tripathi, according to a media report.

"It's very, very possible" that the body could be that of Tripathi, 22, a former Brown University student who has been missing since mid-March, Providence police Lieutenant Joseph Donnelly was cited as saying by Boston Globe.

However, the police also said authorities will not know for sure until the medical examiner's office in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island, about 50 miles from Boston, identifies the body on Wednesday morning.

Tripathi's family has not been notified of the body's recovery, Donnelly said

The body was found in the river behind the Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel at around 6pm, the police officer told Globe.

The coach of Brown's rowing team, which practices in that area, saw the body floating in the water and called police, Donnelly said.

Tripathi was last seen in his apartment on Angell Street in Providence around 11am on March 16.

An initial police sweep of Tripathi's room found his cellphone, credit card, ID, and other personal items, but his sister said his glasses and Philadelphia Eagles wool cap were gone, the Globe said.

The FBI has been assisting Providence police in the investigation.

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