With sadness, earthly body located believed to be missing Pravin Varughese
Missing SIU Student Found DeadCARBONDALE -- A missing SIU student has been found dead.
Authorities say the body of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese was discovered Tuesday in an area off Giant City Road in Carbondale.
Crews could be seen searching that area near Kohl's and Buffalo Wild Wings earlier in the day.
Varughese was last seen Wednesday night at a party at a home on West College Street.
Carbondale Police had previously scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference to discuss the investigation into Varughese's disappearance.
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Missing: Pravin M. Varughese
Missing from: Carbondale, Illinois / Southern Illinois University Student
Age at time missing: 19 years old
Sex: M Nationality: Indian
Weight: 150 pounds
Hair: short brown
Facial: unshaven facial hair
Tattoos/piercings: has a chest tattoo that says “Fear God,” and wears stud earrings.
Clothing: last seen wearing a red Express-brand t-shirt, dark jeans, purple shoes.
Police Agency: Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200, Anonymous tips Crime Stoppers at (618) 549-COPS (2677), or your local police.
Circumstance: Pravin M. Varughese, a 19 year-old Indian-origin student at Southern Illinois University (SIU) has disappeared. He was last seen about 11 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at a party in the 600 block of West College Street, according to Carbondale police. His family and friends are desperately searching for him and ask if anyone has seen Pravin or has information regarding his disappearance to please contact authorities. They are offering a reward. According to reports, A friend said Varughese called him at around 12:30 AM, telling investigators that he sounded like he was running and out of breath. Pravin never returned to his townhouse, located off-campus and shared with two other roommates: Varughese’s cousin and another friend of theirs. Pravin has many friends and is outgoing and not in his character to be in trouble nor to go missing on his own. He is a sophomore at SIU pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Numerous searches of the SIU campus and surrounding area have been organized by the local community, with Varughese’s family having also come to town to help in the search efforts.