04/25/2013 12:18 pm ET

Sunil Tripathi Body Found: Missing Brown University Student Identified, Confirmed Dead

The body of the Brown University student missing since March 16 has been found. After the announcement, Sunil Tripathi's family released a statement saying, "This last month has changed our lives forever."

Tripathi's body was positively identified by the Rhode Island Department of Health, according to NBC Philadelphia.

On Thursday, Tripathi's family posted this message on a Facebook page dedicated to finding their son.

On April 23, our beloved Sunil was discovered in the waters off India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

As we carry indescribable grief, we also feel incredible gratitude. To each one of you–from our hometown to many distant lands–we extend our thanks for the words of encouragement, for your thoughts, for your hands, for your prayers, and for the love you have so generously shared.

Your compassionate spirit is felt by Sunil and by all of us.

This last month has changed our lives forever, and we hope it will change yours too. Take care of one another. Be gentle, be compassionate. Be open to letting someone in when it is you who is faltering. Lend your hand. We need it. The world needs it.

With love,
The Tripathi Family

The Boston Globe previously reported that a body, thought to be that of the 22-year-old, was pulled from the Providence River on Tuesday.

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 in the news last week when Reddit users misidentified him as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, before the real suspects were named.

Tripathi was last seen near his apartment close to the university's campus.



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