Family Fears Missing Brown Student Killed Himself

Mar 25, 2013

The family of a missing Brown University student has told police they fear he’s killed himself.  Providence Police searched portions of Narragansett Bay and the Seekonk River in hopes of finding the body of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University philosophy student who vanished March 16th.  Providence Police Sgt. Carl Weston says the student’s family fears he killed himself.

“They’re convinced if he committed suicide it would have been by the use of the water.  So, as we’ve explained to the parents we think if he did commit suicide and he didn’t as a means we probably would have … someone would have found him by now,” said Weston. “And if he did use the water it could be quite a long time until he is found.”

The Tripathi family has gone through hours of Brown University surveillance videos.  They think they saw Sunny at two College Hill locations early in the morning of March 16th, the day he disappeared.

Student Sunil Tripathi was last seen on March 16th.

Sunil Tripathi, a native of the Philadelphia area,  is a philosophy major on leave from Brown. He’s six feet tall and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black ski jacket, glasses and a wool hat. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Providence or Brown University police.