August 21, 2006

Grad Student Found Dead

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A body was found at the bottom of the Fall Creek gorge at around 1:30 pm on August 14th, according to the Ithaca Police Department and eyewitnesses.
The body has been identified as Aravind Lakshmanan, a 23-year-old graduate student, according to the Ithaca Police Department.
Investigators are continuing to work to discover the cause of death.
Lakshmanan’s death is the third gorge-related death this month.
Lakshmanan was a Ph.D candidate in the field of Applied Physics. Last year Dan Pirfo ’08, then a freshman, was found dead by three individuals fishing in a spot near where this body was found.
The Ithaca Journal reported that just one week earlier a 28-year old man from California drowned after swimming in a popular gorge.