Michael Doherty: Duke student found dead, authorities confirm

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Michael Doherty: Duke student found dead, authorities confirm
Michael Doherty: Duke student found dead, authorities confirm

Michael Doherty, a missing Duke student, was confirmed dead after remains found in a wooded area in Franklin, Massachusetts, on Saturday were identified.

Michael Doherty was found dead in a wooded area between Jimmy Street and Interstate 495 by two civilians on Saturday, according to police.

The Duke University student went missing after he left a party at 1:30 a.m. on May 14.

While the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet issued a final report, preliminary information from that office indicates that no signs of trauma or foul play were evident.

The cause and manner of death remain undetermined pending additional testing.

“Our first thought is with Michael’s family and friends,” District Attorney Michael Morrissey said. “To them we extend our sincere condolences. I would be remiss if I did not thank the Franklin Police, regional and state law enforcement and so many in the community for their days and days of sustained searching in difficult terrain. The result was not what we had hoped.”

The body was discovered only about 200 yards away from the house on Phyllis Street where Doherty was last seen.

Searchers found Doherty’s shirt and sneakers in a swampy area off of Oak Street Extension, in the direction of his Catherine Avenue home.

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