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Tufts alumna trampled to death by elephants in Thailand, authorities say

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 24, 2014 03:34 PM

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The body of Tufts University alumna was found in Thailand after authorities believe she was trampled to death by elephants while trying to photograph them, according to news reports.

Lily Glidden’s body was found by park rangers in a wooded area of a reserve outside Bangkok on Saturday, five days after she went missing, according to the Associated Press.

A 70-person team searched for her after she left a campground alone on Jan. 13 and then disappeared in the Kaeng Krachan National Park, which is the country’s largest national park encompassing 1,125 square miles

Authorities said the severity of her injuries indicated she had likely been trampled by elephants, the AP reported. Her body was sent to a medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

"Looking at the pictures she took in her camera, we see a lot of animals, birds, snakes, lizards," police Colonel Woradet Suanklaai told the AP. "We assumed she wanted to take pictures of elephants because that's what the Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for. We believed she wanted to find them and take some photos."

Family and friends told NBC News Friday that she was a native of Freeville, N.Y., and described her as having a love for wildlife and nature and being a “fearless individual.”

Tufts officials said she earned a degree in biology from the university in 2012, according to NBC News.

The school tweeted Friday afternoon: “We are saddened by the death of Lily Glidden, class of 2012. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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