Bates College student reported missing in Rome has died
Reported by Adam Harding
RYE, N.H. (WHDH) -
The family of the missing Bates College student has made the heartbreaking trip to Italy to identify his body.
"It is with much sadness that the family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days," the Durkin family said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
John Durkin’s body was found in a train tunnel after he left the bar alone.
Durkin was a junior economics major in a study abroad program through Trinity College. He was last seen by friends early Thursday morning in the Campo de Fiori section of Rome.
Italy Police said someone aboard a passing train spotted the body a few hours later in the tunnel under a large park between stations near the Vatican and the Trastevere neighborhood.
Spokespeople from Bates College and Trinity College have released statements expressing their sympathies for the family.
Trinity said that this appears to be an isolated incident and is offering counseling to students through the program and on campus.
Bates said that it will be organizing a memorial gathering after the students get back from winter break.
Parishioners at St. Theresa Church in Rye, N.H. where Durkin is from, said that it was a huge loss from the community. Hundreds were praying Saturday.
"I was devastated. As a mom, you don't want to get that phone call," said Suzanne Salloway, a member of the church.
Investigators believe 21-year-old Durkin was hit by a train.