Could body found in R.I. be missing Bryn Mawr native?

Sunil Tripathi

Authorities have recovered the body of a man n the water off Providence, R.I.

  • Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi, 22, was reported missing from Providence in mid-March.
  • Tripathi's name was mistakenly spread about the Internet as one of the bombing suspects in Boston.

Authorities have recovered the body of a man possibly in his 20s in the water off Providence, R.I., less than a mile from where former Bryn Mawr native, and recent Brown University student, went missing.

Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi, 22, was reported missing from his Providence apartment in mid-March. His family has since moved from Radnor to Providence in an attempt to be near the search. His name mistakenly became spread about the Internet as one of the possible bombing suspects in Boston. The rumor spread initially by someone claiming to have heard it on a police scanner, and that spread through a local college student's Twitter account, much to the dismay of Tripathi's family.

The body was recovered from India Point Park Tuesday afternoon, according to the Providence Journal. Commander Thomas Oates III, deputy chief, told the newspaper that man was likely in his 20s. However, the body was in the water for long enough that it was hard to pinpoint an age, he said.

No identification was found on the body, which is scheduled for an autopsy possibly as soon as today. Providence police said this morning that they had no further information.

Authorities told the Boston Globe newspaper that it is “very possible” the body is Tripathi's but that won't be confirmed until the medical examiner identifies the body this morning.

The body was found in the Providence river behind the Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel. It was discovered by the coach of Brown’s rowing team, which practices nearby.

The 2008 Radnor High School graduate was last seen March 16 by his housemates near Brown University. Tripathi, 22, a Bryn Mawr native, walked out of his room, leaving behind his wallet, credit cards, cellphone, and what has been described as a vaguely worded note. He was said to suffer from depression.