Body Found May be Sunil Tripathi: Way to Go Reddit!

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A body that was pulled form the Providence River Tuesday evening may (or may not) be that of missing 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi.

Tripathi, a Brown University student, has been missing since March 16, during which time Reddit mistakenly accused him of being the Boston Marathon bomber.

Redditors / wannabe amateur e-sleuths created a Reddit subsection called “findbostonbombers,” where users studied pictures and videos from the attack in an attempt to find any e-clues. Tripathi became involved when Redditors mistakenly identified him as the “white hat” suspect.

The student was last seen near his apartment by the University campus. He had left home without his cell phone or wallet – which doesn’t sound promising.

A body was discovered in the river behind Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel at about 6 p.m. by the coach of Brown’s rowing team. Providence, Rhode Island, Police Lt. Joseph Donnelly told authorities that it is “very, very possible” the body is Tripathi’s. However, the medical examiner’s office has yet to positively identify the body as Tripathi.

The moderator of the “FindBostonBombers” subreddit put out this statement last week:

I’d like to extend the deepest apologies to the family of Sunil Tripathi for any part we may have had in relaying what has turned out to be faulty information. We cannot begin to know what you’re going through and for that we are truly sorry. Several users, twitter users, and other sources had heard him identified as the suspect and believed it to be confirmed. We were mistaken.

This event shows exactly why the no personal information until confirmation rule is in place. Out of respect for Tripathi and his family, I ask that users here please remove any and all links about him. Thank you.

Speaking of jumping the gun on bombing suspects, how are those two bag men on the cover of the New York Post doing?

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UPDATE: Yes, it was his body. Cause of death undetermined at this point…

Via: The Huffington Post

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