Missing Cornell student found dead near Ithaca Falls

ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Police have recovered a body from Fall Creek which they say has been identified as the Cornell student who was reported missing on Wednesday.

Cornell University Police, along with State Police and Ithaca Police, found 20-year-old Aalaap Narasipura a short distance upstream from Ithaca Falls on Friday.

He was last seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

The circumstances of Narasipura’s death are still under investigation, but no foul play is suspected, police say.

Cornell VP for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi issued the following statement: 

It is with profound sadness that I write with the news that law enforcement search teams have recovered Aalaap Narasipura's body. No foul play is suspected, and a full investigation of the circumstances is underway.

A senior electrical engineering student in the College of Engineering, Aalaap was an ambitious student and was scheduled to graduate early this December. He was active on the Ultimate Frisbee team, enjoyed taking photos, and planned to continue at Cornell to pursue a Master of Engineering degree.

As we all struggle to process Aalaap's death, I encourage you to reach out to others for support and to make use of the resources listed at the bottom of this email. For community members wishing to come together during this difficult time there will be a community support meeting on Friday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in the One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall.

On behalf of the Cornell University community, I extend our deepest condolences to Aalaap's family and friends as they grieve this tragedy. They are in our thoughts as we all come to grips with the enormity of this loss.


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