Po­lice: Body of miss­ing col­lege stu­dent found

Michael Do­herty, a 20-year-old col­lege stu­dent, went miss­ing more than a week ago in Franklin.

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS - KRISTIN TOUSSAINT @kristin­dakota kristin.toussaint@metro.us

Franklin po­lice have found the body of miss­ing 20-year-old col­lege stu­dent Michael Do­herty.

The Nor­folk District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice con­firmed that a body found Satur­day af­ter­noon was Do­herty, who had been miss­ing since May 14.

Af­ter search teams spent six days comb­ing through woods, marsh and the nearby neigh­bor­hoods, two civil­ians search­ing in dense wood and thick un­der­brush Satur­day af­ter­noon found the body of a white male, po­lice said in a state­ment.

The body was found around 2:30 p.m. near Route 495. A pos­i­tive con­fir­ma­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able then be­cause an au­topsy needed to be per­formed

by the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner, po­lice said.

Though a fi­nal re­port has yet to be is­sued, the DA’s of­fice con­firmed on Mon­day that the re­mains were those of Do­herty.

“Our first thought is with Michael’s fam­ily and friends,” District At­tor­ney Mor­ris­sey said in a state­ment. “To them, we ex­tend our sin­cere con­do­lences. I would be re­miss if I did not thank the Franklin po­lice, re­gional and state law en­force­ment and so many in the com­mu­nity for their days and days of sus­tained search­ing

in dif­fi­cult ter­rain. The re­sult was not what we had hoped.”

Do­herty was last seen around 1:30 a.m. Sun­day, May 14, in Franklin. A ju­nior at Duke Univer­sity, he was home for the sum­mer.

He had been out at a party with friends the night be­fore he went miss­ing, po­lice said. His shoes and shirt were re­cov­ered on Sun­day af­ter au­thor­i­ties be­gan their search.

Of­fi­cials said that there were no signs of trauma or foul play.

“It looks like he was just try­ing to fight his way home,” Deputy Po­lice Chief James A. Mill told the Bos­ton Globe af­ter a news brief­ing Satur­day.

Along with lo­cal po­lice, the Franklin Fire Depart­ment, state po­lice, Mas­sachusetts En­vi­ron­men­tal Po­lice and lo­cal res­i­dents helped with the search.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will con­tinue, po­lice said, with the Nor­folk County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and state troop­ers.

“Over the last six days, count­less man hours have been spent in the ef­forts to lo­cate Michael and bring him home to his fam­ily,” Franklin po­lice said in a state­ment. “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 of great tragedy. We would also like to thank the res­i­dents who helped search and those who pro­vided sup­port to all the per­son­nel who worked tire­lessly to find Michael.”

Michael Do­herty went miss­ing early in the morn­ing May 14. FRANKLIN PO­LICE

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