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MIT graduate student Kaitlin Goldstein found dead: Fell from cliff in India

MIT graduate student Kaitlin Goldstein was found dead last week in India after an apparent fall from a cliff claimed the 28-year-old student’s life. Her body was found Saturday in Ladakh, India – a region in the northern part of the country. It’s thought that Kaitlin fell from a trail that borders a ravine. She had been missing since June 14.

CBS News on June 22 reported that Goldstein, a “native of Providence, Rhode Island, and a Brown University graduate,” was found dead last weekend. Her parents, Drs. Jack Goldstein and Jean Plover, “who went to India to look for their daughter, told MIT officials that she apparently slipped on some loose rock before falling off the cliff.”

Reports CBS:

Goldstein, a competitive runner known as Kate, was working on a doctorate in architecture at MIT in Cambridge. She arrived in India on June 7 to take part in a workshop on energy and development on the campus of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh near the city of Leh.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif reached out to all students and staff at the college via email, and advised that grief counseling services would be made available.

“[Kaitlin] was passionately interested in energy solutions for the developing world, a subject she was exploring in a remote region of northern India at the time of her death,” Reif wrote. “The death of someone so young and promising is a terrible loss; we should all take time to reach out to those around us.”

Goldstein’s disappearance touched off national and even international concern as search crews, initially limited to students and instructors at the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement, expanded to local police, “the Intelligence Bureau of India, the American embassy in New Dehli, the U.S. State Department and the FBI. MIT also hired a private security firm based in Mumbai,” CBS news reported.

Goldstein's brother, Adam Goldstein, spoke to the media before his sister’s body was found and told CBS affiliate WPRI-TV in Providence that he was worried about kidnapping and gang rape – an issue that India struggles to deal with.

Adam described his sister as “really passionate about helping poorer places out.”