Missing Student Body Found, Falsely Accused Suspect in Boston Bombings Dead

Police locate the remains of a Brown student gone missing before the Boston attacks

By on April 25th, 2013 07:26 GMT

Authorities have uncovered the body of a man originally believed to be involved in the Boston Marathon bomb attacks.

Boston.com relays that Sunil Tripathi has gone missing from the Brown University campus on March 16. A body matching Tripathi's description has been found floating in the Providence River.

His remains are yet to be properly identified, and an inquiry is underway by the Providence medical examiner.

Tripathi's remains have been uncovered by his rowing coach at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, near the Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel.

He had vanished from his Angell Street apartment in Providence without taking his ID documents, phone, money or credit card but had his glasses with him, according to his sister's account.

According to Huffington Post, Tripathi was originally dubbed the culprit in the Boston bombings, after being misidentified in a viral Reddit thread.

He was pinpointed by users as the elusive man with the “white hat” who has later been ID’ed as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The terror suspect has since been charged for his involvement in the crimes, which have reportedly been planned out by his older brother Tamerlan.

Since then, the administrator of the subreddit titled “FindBostonBombers” has issued an apology to the grieving family of the student.

“I'd like to extend the deepest apologies to the family of Sunil Tripathi for any part we may have had in relaying what has turned out to be faulty information. We cannot begin to know what you're going through and for that we are truly sorry.

“Several users, twitter users, and other sources had heard him identified as the suspect and believed it to be confirmed. We were mistaken.

“This event shows exactly why the no personal information until confirmation rule is in place. Out of respect for Tripathi and his family, I ask that users here please remove any and all links about him. Thank you,” the Redditor expresses.

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