Missing American Student Found Dead In Rome

Italian authorities say John Durkin, of New Hampshire, was likely hit by a train after. He was last seen Wednesday night at a bar in central Rome.
Posted at 7:02 PM, Feb 22, 2014

An American student who went missing in Rome three days ago has been found dead in a railway tunnel.

A 21-year-old New Hampshire native, John Durkin was a junior at Bates College in Maine. He played on the school's football team and had moved to Rome for the semester as part of a study abroad program. (Via Twitter / @JDurkinMissing)

"He had been out on Wednesday night with a group of friends, we're told. They had left the bar before him. He never returned home. That's when he was reported missing." (Via CNN)

According to a Twitter account set up by Durkin's family, the bar was in central Rome, at this street corner — a bar called Sloppy Sam's. Durkin's father had just arrived in Rome on Saturday in search of his son. (Via Google)

Italian authorities say they found Durkin's body alone in a railway tunnel, though they didn't specify where exactly. Police say it's likely the student was hit by a train and that they have no reason to suspect foul play.

Back in the states, there's been an outpouring of love for Durkin and his family. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan Tweeted: "Thoughts & prayers are with his parents, friends and loved ones in this difficult time." (Via Twitter / @GovernorHassan)

And Bates College released a statement, saying: "This is a time of deep sadness for our community and for so many people who knew and loved John."