Prosecutors review case of SIU student’s death

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CARBONDALE, IL(AP) _ Prosecutors are reviewing the case of a Southern Illinois University student found dead two months ago in a wooded area near the school.

The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan reports the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office review comes amid disagreement over toxicology test results involving 19-year-old Pravin Varughese.

The coroner, Thomas Kupferer, has said there’s no evidence of foul play in the February death of Varughese. Kupferer says the criminal justice major from suburban Chicago likely died of exposure to the cold. His body was found nearly a week after he went missing after a dispute with an acquaintance.

Varughese’s family insists lab tests showed no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system. Carbondale Police Chief Jody O’Guinn calls that “not completely accurate.”
Information from: Southern Illinoisan,

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  • Joe Davola

    Don’t know why they would keep saying “there is no foul play”. If the guy did not go there voluntarily, that by itself is foul play. Plus, he was in some kind of fight or altercation. That is the very definition of foul play. Who’s running that police station, Barney Fife?

  • Injustice

    This case completely infuriates me. Its so obvious to anyone that there was definitely foul play involved…Does not take a rocket scientist to figure that out. So the question is not whether or not there was foul play, but rather, who is responsible for Pravins death. These carbondale cops are obviously useless here, and probably even hiding something. If I were there, I’d take the case into my own hands to bring Pravin justice and help bring some peace to his poor family. The person(s) responsible will surely pay for this. The truth ALWAYS comes out.

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