The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 19, 2014

Foul play not suspected in SIU student's death


Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Carbondale police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a Southern Illinois University student whose body was found in a wooded area near the school.

    The body of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese was found Tuesday, nearly a week after he went missing following a dispute with an acquaintance he accepted a ride from.

    Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn said the difficult terrain and low temperatures are believed to have contributed to Varughese's difficulty finding his way out of the woods.

    Deputy Chief Stan Reno said there were no obvious signs of trauma on Varughese's body that would be caused by suspicious means or an altercation. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death of the criminal justice major from suburban Chicago.