May 9, 2013

03/16/13: Sunil Tripathi, 22, Providence, RI


    Sunil Tripathi
    Sunil Tripathi, 22, was last seen around 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 leaving his Providence, R.I. apartment near the Brown University campus. He did not have his wallet, identification or bicycle with him, and he did not return home. The quiet, private young man, who admitted to some depression, had been taking a leave of absence from Brown, and he did not have a close relationships with his roommates. Two days after his disappearance, false rumors abounded that the missing student had been involved in the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon. Sunil's name has since been cleared, and his parents have been offered an apology. Sadly, on April 23, Sunil's body was discovered in the waters off India Point Park in Providence, R.I.


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    Full Story:
    Brown University Student Fails to Return to Residence

    Twenty two year old Sunil Tripathi, 22, also called Sunny, was last seen in his room around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at his Providence, R.I. apartment near the Brown University campus. He then left around 11 a.m. the following day (Saturday, March 16) without his wallet, identification and bicycle at home, but he did not return. The Department of Public Safety and the Providence Police were advised on Sunday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) around 1 p.m. that he was missing.

    Sunil Tripathi was a member of the Brown University class of 2013 but not attending classes when he disappeared. His housemate, Ryan Gladych, told the University News that Sunil had been taking a leave of absence from Brown. Although Sunil was rooming with Gladych and his housemates, he was independently subletting a room in the apartment and did not have close relationships with the other residents in the house, Gladych said. Tripathi’s housemates were first informed of his disappearance Sunday when police arrived to investigate in the afternoon, Gladych said. He added that they were concerned for Tripathi’s safety.

    Judy Tripathi, Sunil's mother, told the Times that her son typically contacted his family daily. "He’s very quiet, he’s very private, he’s very intellectual," she said. "He admitted to some depression, but he said that he could figure it out, he could handle it.”


    The Search for Sunil Tripathi

    According to The New York Times, Sunil's family began a round-the-clock search, temporarily moving from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island work with police and the FBI. They also created a Facebook page to aid in the search effort.

    On Thursday, April 18, false speculation circulated on the Facebook page and on Reddit.com that Sunil might be one of the two Boston Marathon bombers seen in grainy surveillance photographs released by the FBI. According to the Times, "the rumor spread, leading news vans to stake out the Tripathis’s family home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and reporters to make dozens of calls to the Tripathi family’s cellphones." Sunil Tripathi was absolved of any connection to the April 15 Boston bombings when two other men were identified as being the men in the photographs--and the bombers. Apologies have since been pouring in to the Tripathi family.

    On April 22, the Tripathi family launched the “Lend Your Hand” campaign which encouraged people to write messages on their hands and submit photos to the Facebook page created for the search.

    On April 23, Sunil's body was discovered in the waters off India Point Park in Providence, R.I. An identification was made based on dental records. Authorities did not immediately determine the cause of his death but said his body had been in the water for some time.


    Details

    Name/age: Sunil Tripathi, 22
    Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pa.
    Last seen: 03/16/13, 11 a.m. at 204 Angell Street, Providence, R.I.
    Recovered: 04/24/13, India Point Park, Providence, R.I.
    Home Town: Bryn Mawr, Pa.
    Physical Description: 6'2," 130 pounds
    Last wearing: jeans, a black fleece with this black EMS ski jacket on top and his Philadelphia Eagles hat. He was also wearing glasses at the time.
    Investigating Agency: Providence Police (401) 641-8691


    Sources

    Bidgood, Jess. (2013, April 25).  Body of Missing Student at Brown is Discovered. New York Times. Retrieved May 3, 2013 from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/us/sunil-tripathi-student-at-brown-is-found-dead.html?_r=0

    Kor, Elizabeth. (2013, March 18). Police searching for missing undergrad. University News. Retrieved May 3, 2013 from
    http://www.browndailyherald.com/2013/03/18/police-searching-for-missing-undergrad/

    Facebook. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi. Retrieved May 3, 2013 from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Us-Find-Sunil-Tripathi/403275636436466.

    3 comments:

    tennessee111 said...

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    http://www.fccnn.com/content/kandiyohi-county-minn-sheriff-confident-decade-old-missing-person-case-can-be-solved

    tennessee111 said...

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    Lisa said...

    @Tennessee,

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