Providence police say body found in river could be missing former Brown student Sunil Tripathi

Police in Providence pulled a man’s body from the Providence River on Tuesday, and authorities said it is “very possible’’ that it is Sunil Tripathi, 22, a former Brown University student who has been missing since mid-March.

Providence police Lieutenant Joseph Donnelly said Tuesday night that “it’s very, very possible’’ that the body could be Tripathi’s, but also said authorities will not know for sure until the medical examiner’s office in Providence identifies the body Wednesday morning. Donnelly said Tripathi’s family has not been notified of the body’s recovery.

Donnelly said the body was found in the river behind the Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel at around 6 p.m. The coach of Brown’s rowing team, which practices in that area, saw the body floating in the water and called police, Donnelly said.


Tripathi was last seen in his apartment on Angell Street in Providence around 11 a.m. on March 16.

An initial police sweep of Tripathi’s room found his cellphone, credit card, ID, and other personal items, but his sister said his glasses and Philadelphia Eagles wool cap were gone.

The FBI has been assisting Providence police in the investigation, said Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBI’s Boston division, last month.

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