PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A body recovered in Providence waters Tuesday night has been identified as a Brown University student who had been missing for more than a month.
Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old philosophy student on approved leave from the school, was last seen March 15.
Members of a Brown University crew team found his body in Narragansett Bay near India Point Park on the same day friends and family held an event to raise awareness of Tripathi's disappearance.
The Tripathi family issued a statement Thursday, saying in part: "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."
"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."
According to the State Medical Examiner's office, no foul play is suspected in his death. An autopsy is currently being performed to determine the cause.
In a message sent to students and staff, Brown University President Christina H. Paxson thanked the school community and law enforcement for their efforts this past month.
"Sunil will be remembered by all who knew him for his gentle demeanor and generous spirit," said Paxson. "We extend our deepest condolences to Sunil's family for their loss and for the immeasurable pain they have endured during this period."
The school said it's making counseling services available to the campus community. It's also planning a memorial service to honor Sunil's life.
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