UPDATE: Police confirm missing Duke student Michael Doherty found dead in Massachusetts

Update: May 22, 8:38 ET:

Authorities confirmed on Monday that a body found over the weekend in Franklin, Massachusetts, is Michael Doherty, who had been missing for a week.

According to the Daily News, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey confirmed the death in a press release.

“Our first thought is with Michael’s family and friends. To them we extend our sincere condolences,” Morrissey said in a statement, adding, “The result was not what we had hoped.”

The official cause of death has not yet been release.

Earlier story: 

A body believed to be Michael Dohery, the missing Duke University student who disappeared in his hometown of Franklin, Massachusetts, last weekend, was found by civilian searchers on Saturday afternoon.

According to WCVB 5, police say the body is “believed at this time” to be Doherty’s.

As Crime Online previously reported, the 20-year-old Duke junior was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning as he was leaving a house party on his own. His family’s home, where he was living during summer break, is about a mile from the party location.

Police had previously found a shirt and a shoe believed to belong to Doherty.

The body was reportedly found in a wooded area near Interstate 495. Identification is pending an examination, and police have not released any information about a possible cause of death.

“Positive confirmation will not be available until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has issued its findings,” police reportedly wrote in a press release, adding:

“The thoughts and prayers of all the members of the Franklin Police Department and all of the other agencies that participated in searching for Michael go out to the Doherty family in this time.”


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