Missing Indian-American students body found



Chiacago: The death
of an Indian American student whose body was found in Wilmette harbour
near the Northwestern University's suburban Chicago campus has been ruled
as a result of an accidental drowning.

However, the Cook County
medical examiner's office had no additional information about the
circumstances surrounding student Harsha Maddula's death, according to the
Chicago Sun-Times.


Maddula's family made a statement Friday
morning that they do not believe their son killed himself or that his
disappearance was related to a rare form of diabetes that he had, CBS News
reported

"There is no reason to believe that Harsha was suicidal
or that this had anything to do with his diabetic condition," family
spokesperson and friend Padma Sonti was quoted as saying.

Maddula's
cousin Sushma Maddula too dismissed suicide as a possibility, saying the
aspiring doctor had been so eager to return to Northwestern that he came a
week ahead of time so he could help freshmen move in, according to Chicago
Tribune.

Maddula, vanished early Sep 22 after attending an
off-campus party in Evanston, Illinois.

After a search that
included 21 law enforcement agencies and fire departments, hundreds of
Northwestern students and the FBI, his body was found in the harbour
Thursday between two boats near the Sheridan Road Bridge.

There
was no sign of foul play, authorities said. His wallet, identification and
cellphone were still in his pants pockets.

Northwestern
University President Morton Schapiro also issued a statement, extending
the school's "deepest sympathies" to Maddula's family.

"The loss
of one member of the Northwestern community deeply affects us all,"
Schapiro said.





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