Missing student’s body found in Carbondale

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(KPLR) – The body of Pravin Varughese, 19, has been found in Carbondale.  His family was offering a $15,000 reward to find the sophomore Southern Illinois University student.  The body was located off of East Main Street in a heavily wooded at around 9:45am.

Pravin Varughese was last seen on Wednesday night at a party at 600 block of West College Street at about 11pm. He got a ride home from a person at the party.  But, Varughese could not tell the person where he lived. The two got into an argument and Varughese got out of the car. Police say that is when he wandered into a wooded area near the 1400 block of East Main Street.

The body was found wearing pants a shirt and shoes.  Varughese was not wearing a winter coat.  Investigators assume he died of exposure.  They say that there is no foul play suspected in this death. 

Police cannot determine at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved in this death. They are still waiting on results.

Police did not have many leads in this investigation until Monday night. That is when they got a tip about Pravin Varughese getting the ride home from the party. Police are still investigating every possible lead. They are not proceeding with a homicide investigation.

The school will hold a moment of silence at the basketball game tonight. Southern Illinois University says that they will do everything they can for the family and respect their wishes.

Jiji Abraham writes on Varughese's facebook wall, "On behalf of our Family, we wanted to thank you all for your kind words, endless support and prayers for Pravin. Authorities have confirmed this morning that they have found his body. We ask that you continue to keep Pravin's parents and sisters in your prayers as we go through this difficult time and mourn the loss of a beloved Son Brother, Grandson, Nephew, Cousin, & Friend."

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