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Body believed to be missing Franklin college student found

Body believed to be missing Franklin college student found

The body was found in dense woods and thick underbrush near Interstate 495 at about 2:30 p.m.by two civilians helping with the search, according to a police statement.

At this time, there is no positive identification, but police say the body is that of a white male and they believe it is Doherty.

Authorities in MA believe they have found the body of a Duke University student who vanished almost a week ago in his hometown.

Doherty, a junior at Duke University, was reported missing Sunday by his parents when he failed to return home from a Saturday night gathering. Doherty ultimately chose to walk roughly a mile to his home. It was about a mile, it was raining and dark.

A low-charged phone in hand and wearing a blue Nike T-shirt, black trousers, and sneakers, the brown eyed 5ft10-inch student braved the heavy rain and made a decision to take a short cut through the woods to arrive home.




"He was fine. I mean he was coherent".

His disappearance prompted a weeklong search in Franklin and nearby Bellingham. Police said Doherty may have tried to cut through the area, which is four- to five-feet deep in spots.

Police are awaiting identity confirmation of the body from the medical examiner's office.

"The community as a whole has Michael and his family in the forefront of their hearts and minds", said Ann Alsfeld, the communications director for Xaverian Brothers, where Doherty's brother had also graduated.


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