• Missing SIU-C student found dead

    by  • February 18, 2014 • News

    A missing SIU student has been found dead.

    Pravin Varghese

    Pravin Varughese

    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 nearKohl’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. He and two roommates went to the party, but the roommates left early and Varughese never came home.

    His parents and nearly 200 friends and family were in Carbondale last weekend to help find him.

    Many of those friends and family went further outside of Carbondale Sunday to pass along missing person posters. They were offering more than $15,000 for any information that led to Varughese’s discovery.

    Carbondale police said during a press conference this afternoon that Varughese accepted a ride from an acquaintance on the night he disappeared but left the car and fled into a wooded area after a dispute.

    No foul play is suspected, police said, and no cause of death has yet been determined.

    The low temperatures and difficult terrain of the wooded area might have made it difficult for Varughese to get out of the area, police said.