Missing SIU student found dead

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Southern Illinois University student Pravin Varughese was found dead Tuesday morning, Carbondale Police said.

He was found at around 10 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area between a Khols and Buffalo Wild Wings near East Main Street.

Varughese went missing at around 11 p.m. Feb. 12 on the 600 block of West College Street, according to a release from the Carbondale Police Department. The 19-year-old sophomore was found in a field with no outward signs of trauma, police said in a news conference.

Varughese got out of a car on his own accord near where he was found dead and ran into the woods alone, police said.

Police are working under the assumption that Varughese was getting a ride home from someone he had met at a party. He was unable to say where he lived, got into a fight with someone in the car and got out, police said.

Varughese was wearing pants, a shirt and no jacket on a cold night, police said.

The difficult terrain and low temperatures are thought to have contributed to his difficulty in getting out to the wooded area, police said.

An autopsy is being requested and they have not determined a cause of death at this time.