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USA Today: Student wrongly tied to Boston bombings found dead
Reddit apologized for the 'dangerous speculation' on the site that pointed fingers at the student.
-By Doug Stanglin
April 25, 2013- A body pulled from the water off India Point Park in Rhode Island has been identified as the Brown University student mistakenly linked by amateur sleuths on a social media site to the Boston bombings.
The body of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi was identified through dental records, Health Department spokeswoman Dara Chadwick said Thursday.
It was not immediately clear when Tripathi, who was last seen March 15, died. The cause of death has also not been determined.
Police said that no signs of trauma were found initially and that the investigation could take months.
Tripathi's body was found Tuesday by members of the Brown University crew team.
The Pennsylvania native was on leave from the Ivy League school but was living in an apartment near campus in Providence, R.I., with several other students.
After the April 15 bombings of the Boston Marathon, crowdsourcing groups drawing upon photos released by the FBI of a suspect erroneously reported via Reddit, a social news website, that the person in a baseball cap strongly resembled the missing student.
At one point, Tripathi's name landed on the Twitter top trends list.