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Missing Chicago student Pravin Varughese found: ‘Froze to death’ in woods

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Missing Chicago student Pravin Varughese was found dead on Tuesday in a wooded area off East Main Street in Carbondale and according to Carbondale Police Chief Jody O’Guinn, authorities are working on the assumption that the 19-year-old Chicago student who had been missing for six days, “got lost in the woods and froze to death,” reported CBS News on Feb. 19, 2014.

While an autopsy still needs to determine the exact cause of death and detectives are still investigating the events of the night that the student disappeared, at this time, authorities do not suspect foul play.

The last time Pravin Varughese, who was a student at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, was last seen was on Feb. 12 around 11 p.m. when he left a party about three miles from where his body was found in the woods on Tuesday, six days later.

Reportedly, before his disappearance, the teen had gotten into a “dispute” with someone who had offered him a ride home from the party. The specifics of the dispute are still unclear. However, around 11:17 p.m., the teen tweeted “Bloody knuckles… guess I was in a fight #backdown.”

When the body of missing Chicago student Pravin Varughese was found on Tuesday in the wooded area, there were no other obvious signs of trauma on him. For now, authorities are working on the presumption that the teen was at the party, accepted a ride from a person, got into a dispute, and ran into the woods where he got lost and froze to death. “That’s the assumption we’re working on right now… again because we don’t have anything else that has any credibility that it was anything else,” said Carbondale Police Chief Jody O’Guinn.

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