MIT Student's Body Found in India
Kaitlin Goldstein fell off cliff while jogging on mountain trail
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jun 23, 2014 9:51 AM CDT
Leh, India, near where the workshop was taking place.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Her parents traveled to India to look for her. Her brother feared she’d been kidnapped. But Saturday—a week after she went missing—the body of Rhode Island native and MIT graduate student Kaitlin Goldstein, 28, was found in a ravine in India, the AP reports. Her parents say she apparently slipped on loose rock while jogging and fell several hundred feet off a cliff. "The death of someone so young and promising is a terrible loss; we should all take time to reach out to those around us," MIT officials said in a statement. Goldstein had been in India since June 7 for a workshop on energy and development in the remote northern region of Ladakh.

MIT News reports that the competitive runner left for the mountain trail at around 6am local time on June 14; a search of the summit was launched around 8:45am after she didn't return. Soon, local police, the Intelligence Bureau of India, the American embassy in New Dehli, the US State Department, the FBI, and a security firm hired by MIT joined the search. Goldstein, who was pursuing her doctorate in architecture, intended to stay in India after the workshop to install solar panels at a Buddhist monastery. Goldstein’s brother said she was "really passionate about helping poorer places out."

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Jun 23, 2014 11:16 AM CDT
"...she apparently slipped on loose rock while jogging and fell several hundred feet off a cliff." Yes, it's always a grand idea to go jogging along the edge of a cliff covered in loose rocks. : ) "And the Bollywood Darwin Award goes to..." Apparently she didn't study gravity at MIT. : (
Jun 23, 2014 11:12 AM CDT
I unfortunately turned to this, because when I see a story about a young woman being found dead in India (or anywhere, for that matter), I automatically assume she was raped and murdered. As tragic as it is for such a bright, motivated young woman, to lose her life in an accident, I am encouraged that she lived a great life, and died doing something she enjoyed (the running, not the falling, obviously). My philosophy has always been that it's better to take the risk on living your life to the fullest, even if it involves working in a remote area, and jogging along cliffs, than compromise the life you want to live for fear of safety. This is truly a shame, but at least she didn't die, shut up in her house, afraid to use her brain, or her body, and truly experience what the world had to offer.
Jun 23, 2014 10:21 AM CDT
Sometimes the dogooder projects in remote locations turn to poop.