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Speculation on Missing University Student to Events in Boston Area Incorrect: NBC

04/19/2013 03:45 am ET | Updated Jun 18, 2013
  • Brian Levin, J.D. Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University

UPDATE 5:20AM EST: NBC's Pete Williams stated that the individual involved in the Boston area event IS NOT the missing student (whose name was mentioned in scanner traffic and in other places on the Internet). Because of the unconfirmed nature of the information the person's name was never mentioned here. NBC is reporting that the actual suspected assailants are from overseas. The original text is below:

Unconfirmed reports apparently from Boston Police scanner traffic has allegedly mentioned the name of a missing university student who vanished last month as one of the individuals possibly at large, allegedly in connection to the shootout in Watertown, MA. Police scanner traffic is not an official source and is often fluid and sometimes incorrect, particularly in breaking situations. The college student from the Mid Atlantic, who we will not name, left without his wallet and cell phone before vanishing. Reports indicate a wild shoot out with young men after a car chase and the detonation of bombs, including apparently a pressure cooker bomb. An MIT police officer was killed earlier in the evening and it appears that the chase and the shootout is related to the marathon bombing. The missing student has been speculated by name on the Internet, but there is no official confirmation at this time. No names have officially been released and the possibility of a mistaken identity remains. The student left a note, but its content was not revealed. This information is not confirmed from official sources at this time.