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US student body found: 21 y/o student's body found in Rome tunnel

A U.S. student's body was found in a railroad tunnel in central Rome this weekend. On Feb. 22, reported the the body of 21-year-old John Durkin was on a study abroad program in Italy when he went missing. Durkin attended Bates College here in The States but was one of six students to take part in the special program. On Thursday, Durkin went to a bar with some friends but never returned home. His dead body was discovered two days later.

"It is with much sadness that the Durkin family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days," his family said in a statement released through Bates (via

After the US student's body was found, an investigation surrounding his death was launched. The U.S. is working with Italian authorities to try and get to the bottom of the case. It's unclear what condition Durkin's body was found in or if any foul play is suspected. At this time, police are not seeking any suspects.

Durkin's father has flown to Rome and will likely return to his home in New Hampshire with his son's body. People who know John had nothing but wonderful things to say about him. Majoring in economics, John had a bright future ahead of him and it sounds like he had a lot of support from people who really cared about him.

More on the U.S. student and his body found in Rome in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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