Body believed to be missing Duke University student found in Massachusetts woods

Search crews have located the body believed to belong to a missing 20-year-old student Saturday, bring the comprehensive seven days to find a sad end.

Michael Doherty, a Duke University student, was reported missing by his parents Sunday afternoon when they found that he had not gone back home from a party the night before. Doherty left the party at Phyllis Lane early Sunday morning, which was at the height of a Nor’easter that was pelting the area with heavy rain and strong winds.

His friends told the researchers that they believed, that he went through the forest to go home. It is something his friends said that he has done.

The path he took, it’s like a discombobulated path,” friend Shawn Hanley told Boston 25 News on Tuesday. “It’s not really a path. But him and his brother, she said that she found it one time and I think he thought that he could do.”

Around 2:30 p.m, police said two civilians to seek in the dense forests near Rt. 495 find a body, which officials believe is Doherty. The police said they are still waiting on the definitive identification from the medical examiner. It is still in research how exactly he ended up there.

Nancy Doherty spoke on Wednesday, and described her son as smart, a lover of hockey and the love of our lives.”

“We just want our son to come home,” she had said.

Michael has an older and younger brother, the younger is graduating from Franklin High School this year and the other lives in the Northeast of the University.

Nancy said that Michael loved playing hockey, was in a fraternity at Duke University and had a big group of friends, many of whom had traveled to Franklin to be with the family. He was planning to be at Roche Brothers over the summer and they were also planning to go on a family vacation.

More than 45 police bloodhounds, police K-9’s, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter and dive teams searched non-stop from sunrise to sunset, in the hope to find Carl alive and safe.

There were several clues along the way, including finding his sneakers and shirt in the vicinity of the swamp where Doherty walked home. They were also able to learn of his cell phone’s last ping, which was in the vicinity of the swamp.

Together with the many people who are looking for volunteer work, others also donated food and water to the search with the crew, which is very appreciated during the warm weather of the week.



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