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February 22. 2014 1:28PM

Reports: Bates College student from Rye found dead in Rome

John Durkin, 21, of Rye, who was studying abroad in Italy, has been missing since late Wednesday night, and CNN is reporting he was found dead inside a railroad tunnel in Rome, according to police there.

Gov. Maggie Hassan issued a statement about the young man's death: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of John Durkin. My thoughts and prayers are with his parents, family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time."

And Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, posted this statement on Facebook: "Tragic news about Rye student John Durkin. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, said on Twitter, "My heart goes out to the family & friends of John Durkin. They are all in our thoughts & prayers."


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