Missing Duke student died of hypothermia in Massachusetts woods

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A Duke student's cause of death was determined to be hypothermia

A Duke University student found dead near his home in Massachusetts died from hypothermia, authorities revealed.

Police said the body of 20-year-old Michael Doherty was found in Franklin, Massachusetts by civilian searchers in May. The Medical Examiner said he died from prolonged exposure to the cold.

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The District Attorney said an investigation found no evidence of foul play. Doherty was last seen leaving a party in May.

The body was located in a wooded area near Interstate 495, which is a short distance away from where Doherty was last seen.

A Duke student's cause of death was determined to be hypothermia


Doherty was a rising junior studying mechanical engineering.

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Doherty was back home in Massachusetts for summer break when he vanished. His parents reported him missing after he didn't return from a party.

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