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Police probing whether body is missing R.I. student

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island medical examiner’s ­office is trying to determine whether a body found in Providence is that of a missing Brown University student.

Police said members of Brown’s crew team found the body Tuesday afternoon in waters off a park. Authorities said the man appeared to be in his 20s.

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Commander Thomas Oates said there are indications it could be Sunil Tripathi, 22, who disappeared in March. Oates declined to elaborate.

Relatives of Tripathi, who is from Bryn Mawr, Pa., have been searching for him with help from the FBI and Brown students.

Tripathi’s family said he was on leave from the Ivy League school and living with classmates in Providence.

The medical examiner’s ­office planned an autopsy Wednesday. Oates said identification was not expect­ed until Thursday.

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