Tripathi,who has been missing since March 15, was currently on leave from the university but was still living in an apartment with classmates in Providence while volunteering at local libraries. He was last seen on a Friday after having tea with a friend but was still communicating with his family later that night.
Authorities believe the body is that of a male between the ages of 20-30, and has only been in the river for a couple days after being found floating in the river by the coach of Tripathi’s rowing team at Brown University.
Tripathi, 22, originally from Bryn Mawr, Pa., world was rocked after rumors spread all over social networking sites, Twitter and Reddit, that he was a possible suspect in the tragic Boston Marathon bombings last week. Sangeeta Tripathi, Sunil’s sister, told Fox News, “Someone will tweet, then retweet, and completely unsubstantiated things can proliferate so rapidly and destructively.”
The social network site Reddit has since apologized for spreading the rumors and even launched an campaign when Tripathi went missing; but Tripathi’s sister claimed the weeks leading up to march 15 was a “tough time” for him.
Sangeeta Tripathi last tried to contact her missing brother on Saturday by text message but received no response.
Sangeeta also disclosed that her brother left behind his wallet, credit cards, and cell phone in his apartment, along with a note that was not addressed to anyone. Sangeeta, however, did not speak on the actual contents of the note but did state that, “It was a very short note that was very vague and not conclusive.”
By: Kierra Tobiere; Managing Editor