The Rhode Island Health Department confirmed this morning that the body pulled out of the Providence River at India Point Park on Tuesday night is that of missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi.

The Tripathi family, which has been using social media to help locate their missing son, confirmed their loss on the Facebook page Thursday morning.

On April 23, our beloved Sunil was discovered in the waters off India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

As we carry indescribable grief, we also feel incredible gratitude. To each one of you–from our hometown to many distant lands–we extend our thanks for the words of encouragement, for your thoughts, for your hands, for your prayers, and for the love you have so generously shared.

Your compassionate spirit is felt by Sunil and by all of us.

Tripathi has been missing since March 16, and was reportedly last seen around his apartment near campus, but had suspended his study after suffering from depression. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, several social media sites and even some members of the media mistakenly identified Tripathi as a person of interest in the case -- an rumor dispelled by the FBI and Boston Police Department. The family had hoped that even the negative media coverage of their son's disappearance might help them find him alive.

The coroner has not released a cause of death pending further examination.

[Image via Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi on Facebook]