02-18-2014 Press Conference Release
Below is the statement that Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn released at the Press Conference at 2:00 p.m.
Hello and thank you for coming. On February 13, 2014 our Department received a report of a missing person, Pravin Varughese. We immediately began to follow leads on Pravin’s whereabouts and we requested the assistance of the Southern Illinois University Department of Public Safety to aid in the investigation. Pravin is a sophomore at SIU.
Officers and investigators learned that Pravin was last seen in the area of the 600 block of West College Street at approximately 11:00 p.m. on February 13, 2014. Investigators from both Departments have worked numerous hours and followed numerous leads to locate Pravin. We have been assisted by the Illinois State Police Aviation Unit, Black Diamond Aviation, and local search and rescue K-9 teams. We deployed every available resource to locate Pravin.
I regret to report that Pravin was found deceased at approximately 9:45 a.m. this morning in the 1400 block of East Main Street in a wooded area. Investigators learned while on West College Street Pravin accepted a ride from a recent acquaintance on February 12, 2014, just before midnight. Following a dispute, Pravin exited the vehicle in the 1400 block of East Main Street and fled into the wooded area.
The difficult terrain and low temperatures are believed to have contributed to Pravin’s difficulty finding his way out of the wooded area. Pravin’s exact cause of death is still being investigated with the assistance of the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. No foul play is suspected at this time.
On behalf of the the City of Carbondale and the Carbondale Police Department we extend our sincere condolences to Pravin’s family and friends. Mrs. Rae Goldsmith, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer from Southern Illinois University will now speak on behalf of the University.