Body of missing Brown student falsely ID'd as Boston bomber is found
Police think they may have found the body of Sunil Tripathi, the wrongly identified Boston Marathon bombing suspect. A body was found in the Providence River yesterday evening and police think it is "very very possible" that it might be the missing Brown University student. The 22-year-old was last seen on March 16 and was later falsely accused on social media as a suspect in the terror killings. This is so heartbreaking!
The body was found by a Brown University crew team member during practice on Tuesday evening around 6 p.m. in the Providence River close to the Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel. While police believe it to be the body of Sunil Tripathi, they have yet to confirm. This surprising discovery was made only a day after a Reddit moderator released an apology to Tripathi's family regarding false accusations that he was one of the Boston Marathon bombers. The horrifying comments that began on Reddit eventually made their way to Twitter and then Facebook. Mind you, a review of recordings from police radio traffic proves that his name was actually never mentioned by police, according to the Atlantic. The real suspects were finally named on Friday as brothers Dzohkhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Aside from the mysterious body, authorities were also able to retrieve some grainy images from a surveillance camera showing a man they believe to be Tripathi minutes after leaving his home at 1:33 a.m. without his cell phone or wallet. He stepped out about 20 minutes after he last used his computer, according to ABC News. They checked his online activities and bank accounts and have yet to find any clues that could lead them to his whereabouts. Tripathi's brother described him as a quiet man who enjoyed listening to classical music and suffered from depression.
It's so upsetting that this family had to deal with their missing brother being falsely accused of being a terrorist. It's tragic enough that he's been missing, but then to see these horrible accusations all over the internet had to have been absolutely horrifying for them. If that body is in fact Tripathi's, we still don't know what could have lead to his death. The fact that he did suffer from depression and left the house without a wallet and a phone, gives me the sense that maybe it was a possible suicide, but I'm hoping that wasn't the case. My heart goes out to his family and hopefully police can find some answers soon!
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