Medical examiner confirms Rhode Island body as Sunil Tripathi

April 25, 2013 10:16:04 AM PDT
The Rhode Island medical examiner's office has determined that a body found in Providence is that of a missing Brown University student.

City police say members of Brown's crew team found the body of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi Tuesday afternoon in waters off a city park.

Tripathi, who is from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, disappeared in March.

Tripathi's family says he was on leave from the Ivy League school and living with classmates in Providence.

The family released the following statement Thursday morning:

On April 23, our beloved Sunil was discovered in the waters off India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

As we carry indescribable grief, we also feel incredible gratitude. To each one of you?from our hometown to many distant lands?we extend our thanks for the words of encouragement, for your thoughts, for your hands, for your prayers, and for the love you have so generously shared.

Your compassionate spirit is felt by Sunil and by all of us.

As these days have shown us, the media is a powerful tool to be used carefully. We hope you continue to exercise caution and treat human lives with delicacy.

This last month has changed our lives forever, and we hope it will change yours too. Take care of one another. Be gentle, be compassionate. Be open to letting someone in when it is you who is faltering. Lend your hand. We need it. The world needs it.

We appreciate the coverage and support, but at this time, we ask for privacy for our family and for our love for Sunny.

With love,
The Tripathi Family

The medical examiner says that the identification was confirmed through dental records and the cause of the death is still yet to be determined.