On social media platforms such as facebook, twitter and reddit tremendous attention was focused on Sunil Tripathi, 22, whose image closely resemble to the that of the video stills released by the FBI as a Boston bombing suspect, said Sunil’s father last week, WPVI-TV reported. But later a statement was issued clearing the name Sunil Tripathi; that Sunil was not a suspect, the report said.
A crowd sourcing groups eyeing photos released by the FBI of a suspect wrongly submitted via Reddit, a social news website, that the person in a baseball cap strongly resembled Sunil Tripathi who was then missing.
The missing Sunil Tripathi is now found. His dead body was fished from the water off Rhode Island and identified as the Brown University student mistakenly linked by amateur sleuths on Reddit to the Boston bombings. Sunil’s body was positively identified through dental records, said health department spokeswoman Dara Chadwick on Thursday.
Last seen March 15, Sunil’s date of death and cause of death weren’t determined. Police said no signs of trauma were established and that the investigation could take months. Sunil’s body was discovered by the Brown University crew team.
Sunil was on leave from the Ivy League school but was living in an apartment near campus in Providence, R.I., with other students.
Reddit general manager Erik Martin apologized to the Tripathi family for the pain that they have had to endure. He said that the Reddit staff and the millions of people on Reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened.
An accomplished saxophonist, Tripathi grew up in Radnor, Pa., outside Philadelphia, and was studying philosophy, the university reported.
Brown President Christina Paxson said that he was known to be a serious student and a brilliant writer, and that Sunil will be remembered for his generous spirit.