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American Student Studying Abroad In Rome Found Dead In Railroad Tunnel

The Bates College junior was hit by a train in Rome on Feb. 20.

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Durkin, an economics major and a linebacker on the college football team, went missing Wednesday after he went to Sloppy Sam's bar in the Campo de Fiori section of Rome and never returned.


Durkin was found dead inside a railroad tunnel in central Rome days later, Italian police told CNN on Saturday.

Via Twitter: @JDurkinMissing

He is thought to have been hit by a train early Thursday morning, CBS reports. Police said someone aboard a passing train spotted Durkin's body in a tunnel under a large park near the Vatican and the Trastevere neighborhood.

“This is a heartbreaking moment for our community and for so many people who knew and loved John. We are profoundly sad and share the tremendous grief of his family,” Bates College said in a statement released Saturday.

Via Facebook: john.durkin.925

Although he was a Bates Student, the study abroad program was sponsored by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

The President of Trinity College also released a statement in which he expressed his "deepest sympathies" on behalf of the entire Trinity community.

In the few days he was missing, Twitter and Facebook pages dedicated to finding the 21-year-old popped up and garnered thousands of concerned followers.

More pics of John Durkin, missing american student

Italian investigators are looking into his death.

Correction: This article previously stated that Trinity College was located in New Haven, Conn. It is actually located in Hartford, Conn.

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