04/24/2013 09:40 am ET Updated Apr 25, 2013

Sunil Tripathi's Body Found? Body Pulled Out Of Providence River May Be That Of Missing Brown Student

UPDATE: NBC News confirms Sunil Tripathi's body has been found.


Police may have recovered the body of missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi from the Providence River.

Authorities told the Boston Globe that it's "very possible" that the body they found on Tuesday is that of 22-year-old Tripathi, who has been missing since March 16. He made headlines last week when Reddit users misidentified him as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, before the true suspects were named.

The body was found in the river behind Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel at about 6 p.m. by the coach of Brown's rowing team.

Tripathi was last seen near his apartment close to the university's campus. He was wearing blue jeans, an Eastern Mountain Sports ski jacket, glasses, and a Philadelphia Eagles hat. He had left his home without his wallet, cell phone or bicycle.

The medical examiner's office has yet to positively identify the body as Tripathi. Providence police told the Globe Tuesday that the man's parents weren't yet notified of the body.

The moderator of the "FindBostonBombers" subreddit put out a statement last week, apologizing for identifying Tripathi as one of the bombing suspects:

I'd like to extend the deepest apologies to the family of Sunil Tripathi for any part we may have had in relaying what has turned out to be faulty information. We cannot begin to know what you're going through and for that we are truly sorry. Several users, twitter users, and other sources had heard him identified as the suspect and believed it to be confirmed. We were mistaken.

This event shows exactly why the no personal information until confirmation rule is in place. Out of respect for Tripathi and his family, I ask that users here please remove any and all links about him. Thank you.



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