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Family of missing man expands search to Boston area

Sunil Tripathi was last seen March 16 in Providence.

TRIPATHI FAMILY PHOTO

Sunil Tripathi was last seen March 16 in Providence.

The family of a former Brown University student missing for a week is asking people in Boston, an area the 22-year-old was familiar with, to help with the search.

Sunil Tripathi was last seen in his apartment on Angell Street in Providence around 11 a.m. March 16. His girlfriend reported him missing the following day, police said.

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Tripathi’s family and friends, along with Providence police, have searched that city since. They are now looking at other regions where he may have gone, including Greater Boston.

Nina Taylor of Newton, Tripathi’s aunt, said he visited often in the past year, usually having dinner and spending the night.

She texted him the night of March 15. She said she was one of the last family members to hear from him before he went missing. “He was going through a difficult period and I was saying I thought it would be helpful, you know, to talk to someone, to see a therapist,” she said.

Sangeeta Tripathi described her younger brother as a bright young man with brown hair and eyes, tall and slender at 6 feet and 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black Eastern Mountain Sports jacket, his glasses, and a Philadelphia Eagles cap.

Police found Tripathi’s cellphone, credit card, identification, and other personal effects in his room.

His family believes he took little, if any, cash with him.

Tripathi grew up in Radnor Township, Pa., and enrolled at Brown University in 2008, following his older sister and brother.

He studied philosophy for three years, earning excellent grades and playing saxophone in jazz bands, but took a leave of absence about a year and a half ago, his sister said.

“He’s been struggling a little bit, really wanting to get his life back in order,” Sangeeta Tripathi said Saturday. “He was working on re-enrolling, but wasn’t quite there yet.”

Providence police Detective Mark Sacco said the department has not received any reliable tips.

“We’re just kind of checking wooded areas, parks, those certain areas,” Sacco said in an interview Saturday afternoon, as he and other officers searched the woods in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.

The FBI is assisting Providence police, said Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBI’s Boston division. He declined to say how.

University officials expressed sympathy for the family.

“Our concerns are first and foremost with Sunil and his family,” a Brown statement said.

Anyone with information can call Sacco at 401-641-8691. The family also has a Facebook page to coordinate the search.

Gal Tziperman Lotan
can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.com.
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