Body IDed as That of Falsely Accused Boston Suspect

Sunil Tripathi's body pulled from water near Brown

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 25, 2013 11:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities have confirmed that a body pulled from the water near Brown University is that of Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old student who had been missing for about a month, reports the Providence Journal. The school's crew team found the body on Tuesday, and dental records provided the match. The cause of death hasn't been determined. Tripathi's story got an unfortunate turn in the national spotlight in the aftermath of the Boston bombing, when Internet sleuths speculated that he was one of the bombers. Reddit apologized afterward.

"As we carry indescribable grief, we also feel incredible gratitude," the Tripathi family said in a statement today, citing the compassion of people around the world. "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."

This undated file photo provided by Brown University shows Brown University student Sunil Tripathi. His body has been found.
This undated file photo provided by Brown University shows Brown University student Sunil Tripathi. His body has been found.   (AP Photo/Brown University, File)
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