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Foul play not suspected in SIU student's death

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 6:15 p.m. CST

CARBONDALE – 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 after accepting a ride.

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. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death of the criminal justice major from Morton Grove.

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