By Elizabeth Chuck, Staff Writer, NBC News

(NBC) -- A body pulled from the Providence River earlier this week has been confirmed as a missing Brown University student who was wrongly rumored to be a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Officials confirmed through dental records that it was him, according to a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Sunil Tripathi was last seen on March 16. His name recently popped up in social media circles over the marathon bombings, adding to his family's anguish over his disappearance.