Missing Man Wrongly Identified as Boston Bombing Suspect Found Dead

SunilTripathi1Sunil Tripathi had been missing for over a month.

Via USA Today:

A body pulled from the water off Indian Point Park in Rhode Island has been identified as the Brown University student mistakenly linked by amateur sleuths on a social media site to the Boston bombings.

Health Department spokeswoman Dara Chadwick said Thursday that the body of Sunil Tripathi was identified through dental records.

It was not immediately clear when Tripathi, who was last seen March 15, died. The cause of death has also not been determined.

Tripathi’s body was found Tuesday by members of the Brown University crew team.

The Pennsylvania native was on leave from the Ivy League school but was living in an apartment near campus in Providence, R.I., with several other students.

After the April 15 bombings of the Boston Marathon, crowdsourcing groups drawing upon photos released by the FBI of a suspect erroneously reported via Reddit, a social news website, that the person in a baseball cap strongly resembled the missing student.

At one point, Tripathi’s name landed on the Twitter top trends list.

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18 Comments on "Missing Man Wrongly Identified as Boston Bombing Suspect Found Dead"

  1. Hadrian999 | Apr 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

    the darkside of citizen journalism

  2. Aipeed Teaitchse | Apr 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm |

    That guys picture was on the cover of the New York Post owned by Rupert Murdoch. Interesting that USA Today (and NBC and Huffington Post and in all likelihood all other MSM sources that have yet to regurgitate the same story) decided to leave that information out of the article and pin the blame squarely on ‘citizen journalism’ (I can’t think of any US journalists that aren’t citizens btw can you name any? Just food for thought. I do get it though – A group on Reddit called findbostonbombers etc…it’s just interesting to me is all)

    • Hadrian999 | Apr 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

      The worst thing about about “citizen journalism” is it’s total lack of accountability. It is too easy to manipulate. I could open a blog an wriite all the B.S. I want, if anyone calls me on it I can open a different blog or site the next day. There needs to be a balance between democratization and accountability

      • ishmael2009 | Apr 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm |

        So you wouldn’t be a fan of a group like Anonymous then?

        • Hadrian999 | Apr 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm |

          I am not personally a fan of theirs. But my meaning is that the rise of citizen journalism lends itself things like AstroTurf organizing and black propaganda. I don’t claim that citizen journalism is fundamentally bad, only that it brings a new set of challenges.

          • ishmael2009 | Apr 26, 2013 at 3:00 am |

            See what you mean now. I guess every new media has good and bad points to it. Anonymity can mean that those who are persecuted can finally be heard, but it does also mean that as you say, you can say what you like and disappear the next day without taking responsibility.

        • What if Anonymous is secretly created or funded by certain governments and pretend to perform acts of justice and righteousness . We all know that governments do that all the time to spread misinformation and waste the time of the sheeple with false feelings of hope.

      • kowalityjesus | Apr 26, 2013 at 10:59 am |

        you sound like Bill O’Reilley

    • Hadrian999 | Apr 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm |

      and just for fun Piers Morgan

  3. That is sad.

  4. Tim Stark | Apr 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm |

    amateur sleuths at usa today clear the name of missing man. confirm that official story is correct whatever it is.

  5. http://footprintsattheriversedge.blogspot.com/

    missing men, drowned men.
    too many to be a “mystery”

  6. ishmael2009 | Apr 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm |

    Ironic that people i this forum are linking his death with his misidentificatio n without any evidence at all that the two are linked. What was that about the need for accountability again?

    • Hadrian999 | Apr 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm |

      I haven’t claimed that he was killed because he was implicated. The implication is bad enough. If he was not dead having his name falsely linked to terrorism could have had dire consequences.

    • you would have been Dr. Watson not Sherlock

  7. I have a feeling this will turn out to be heartbreakingly racist story.

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