Family of SIUC student found dead files lawsuit

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(KTVI) – The family of a Southern Illinois University student found dead in February has filed a lawsuit in his death.

In the lawsuit, the family alleges someone beat Pravin Varughese and left him in a wooded area in Carbondale.

They say that person was someone who gave him a ride from a party.  The Jackson County Coroner ruled he died of hypothermia and found no evidence of foul play.

But a second autopsy commissioned by the family found evidence of four different blows to Varugheses’s head and face.

The suit seeks $1 million from the driver and compensation from the City of Carbondale and its police chief.