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Duke University Student Goes Missing After House Party

The Franklin Police Department in Massachusetts has been working around the clock as they search for a missing Duke University student who has not been seen or heard from since the early morning hours of Sunday, May 14.

According to a press release from the Franklin Police Department, 20-year-old Michael Doherty, a graduate of Xavier High School, was last spotted in the Phyllis Lane area at 1:30 A.M. Sunday, May 14, after attending a house party with some friends.

Doherty is junior in the Pratt School of Engineering and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Duke.

UPDATE 5/22, 1:30 P.M.: Authorities said Monday that a body found Saturday has been positively identified as a Duke University student who had been missing for nearly a week. Police said the body of 20-year-old Michael Doherty was found in Franklin, Massachusetts by civilian searchers around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

Via WCVB:

Parents of Michael Doherty called police Sunday and reported their son had not returned home.

Police said search crews include members of the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Metro-LEC, a consortium of more than 45 local police departments and law enforcement agencies.

Doherty, a 2015 graduate of Xaverian High School and current Duke University student, was last seen in the Phyllis Lane area at 1:30 a.m. Police said he had been attending a gathering with some friends.

Massachusetts police are using K-9s, drones, motorboats, and canoes as they search through a swampy area off of the Oak Street extension. Bad weather on Sunday kept a Massachusetts State Police Air Wing helicopter grounded, but by late morning, it had joined the search.

Doherty, a 5’10” white male with brown hair and brown eyes, is reported to have been wearing a blue t-shirt with a Nike symbol, black pants, and sneakers.

In a statement, Duke University said they were aware Doherty was missing and said they would help the authorities as requested.

“Our thoughts are with Michael and his family for a quick and positive outcome,” the statement read.

In a reverse 911 call, investigators urged residents to check the area outside their homes, including any sheds or detached buildings. Furthermore, the Franklin Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact authorities at 508-528-1212.

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