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Doug Stanglin, USA Today
A body pulled from the water in a Rhode Island park has been identified as a Brown University student who was mistakenly linked by amateur sleuths on a social media site to the Boston bombing.
The Providence Journal reported that the body was identified as Sunil Tripathi, who was last seen March 15. The native of Bryn Mawr, Pa., was on leave from the Ivy League school but was living in an apartment near campus with several other students, the newspaper says.
It was not immediately clear when Tripathi died. The Journal also reported that it could take several months to determine the cause of death.
Crowdsourcing groups drawing upon photos released by the FBI of a suspect in the Boston bombings erroneously reported on Reddit that the person in the photo strongly resembled the missing student.
At one point, Tripathi's name landed on the Twitter top trends list.
On Monday, Reddit general manager Erik Martin apologized for the "dangerous speculation" that "spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties."
"The Reddit staff and the millions of people on Reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened," Martin wrote in a blog post on Monday, according to ABC News.
"We all need to look at what happened and make sure that in the future we do everything we can to help and not hinder crisis situations," he said.