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March 23, 2013  |  Media Contact: Darlene Trew Crist |  401-863-2752
Providence Police and Brown University Department of Public Safety are conducting an extensive search for Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who was last seen on March 16. University is encouraging involvement through social media and volunteer searches.  

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University is encouraging the community to join search efforts for missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who was last seen in the campus area on Saturday morning, March 16. Information, updates, and ways to help are available on the Facebook page Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, where more than 50,000 people have visited. The Twitter account “@findingsunny” is also available to share information.

Tripathi was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black Eastern Mountain Sports ski jacket, glasses, and a Philadelphia Eagles wool hat. He is six feet tall and weighs 130 pounds. Tripathi, the youngest brother and son of three, all of whom attended Brown University, was on approved leave from Brown.

The missing person investigation is being led by the Providence Police Department with the full cooperation of Brown University Department of Public Safety and University staff. Over the last six days, the search has been focused on the greater Providence area, where flyers have been distributed and physical searches of many city neighborhoods conducted. The search is expanding outside of Providence to Boston, Connecticut, New York, and Philadelphia. Classmates, friends, and others in the Brown community and the larger Providence community and law enforcement continue to mobilize.

“Our concerns are first and foremost with Sunil and his family,” said Margaret Klawunn, vice president for student life and campus services. “We are hopeful that by encouraging the Brown community to help spread the word that Sunil will be located.”

Tripathi grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and has been living in Providence since 2008. He is a philosophy major at Brown and a talented saxophonist. Tripathi’s sister, Sangeeta Tripathi, has offered her contact information for further information:sangtrip@gmail.com, 917-774-9208.

Editors: Brown University has a fiber link television studio available for domestic and international live and taped interviews, and maintains an ISDN line for radio interviews. For more information, call (401) 863-2476.