The family of Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who has been missing for several weeks, were shocked this morning as rumors circulated that Tripathi was the Boston bombing suspect.
Tripathi had no involvement in the bombing incident whatsoever and has still not been located.
"Unequivocally, we have known that neither individual suspected as responsible for the incident in Boston was Sunil," said Akhil Tripathi, his father.
Reports surfaced on the Internet early Friday morning that Tripathi was the suspect after a news agency reported hearing that police mention it on a scanner. However it was quickly realized that Tripathi was not one of the suspects.
"We received many inquiries on our Facebook page, which we temporarily froze overnight. We have since re-activated the page and redoubled our effort in finding Sunny," says Sangeeta Tripathi, Sunil's older sister, "Sunil has a kind, gentle soul, and all family and friends wish is that he is found safe and well."