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As experts and analysts continue their investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, and subsequent manhunt that resulted in the death and capture of alleged perpetrators Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, this evening"Piers Morgan Live" welcomed the family of Sunil Tripathi.
On Tuesday, a dead body was found floating in the Providence River, and though the remains are yet to be identified, authorities have said that it may be Sunil Tripathi. Tonight his brother and sister spoke live with Piers Morgan, admitting that Sunil had shown signs of depression prior to his disappearance more than a month ago:
"He never was clinically diagnosed, but his close family and friends, we definitely knew that he was having some problems with his mood, and it kind of bound us together," explained Ravi, the missing student's brother.
Hearing their sibling slurred on social media, and associated with a terror attack that killed three people, only served to create more trauma for Sunil's loved ones:
"This was coming at a time, after 34 days of pain in our family, and worry, and we knew unconvincingly that this was not Sunil, especially when we saw all the video footage and surveillance that was being released," said Sangeeta Tripathi, Sunil's sister."It was very difficult to have the events of that night unfold so aggressively, with language that was not based on any actual evidence at all."
As part of their efforts to create positive energy surrounding their brother's disappearance, the Tripathi's have created a social media campaign entitled "Lend Your Hand," in which well-wishers inscribe messages on their skin, in hopes of ultimately finding Sunil.
After interviewing Ravi and Sangeeta this evening, Morgan was moved to participate, and scrawled his own message, writing on his palm, simply "Find Sunil."
— Piers Morgan Live (@PiersMorganLive) April 25, 2013