Franklin Police are now able to confirm that the body they had found on Saturday is missing Duke University student Michael Doherty. There are reportedly no signs of foul play.
According to the Franklin Police, two civilians taking part in the search for Doherty located a body of a white male on Saturday in the dense woods and thick underbrush near Rt. 495. At that time, the department could not yet positively identify the body but it had suspected the body to be Doherty. The Office Chief Medical Examiner confirmed identification on the body just a few days later.
On May 15, Franklin Police said that it was attempting to find Doherty. People last spotted him in the Phyllis LN area at around 1:30 AM. He was wearing a blue t-shirt with a Nike symbol, along with a pair of black pants and sneakers. “We urge you to check the area outside your residence including any sheds or detached buildings,” the police department said in its announcement.
On the day of his disappearance, Doherty was reportedly attending a house party. According to a report from the Milford Daily News, Doherty had left the party by himself. Moreover, he turned down offers for a ride to his Catherine Avenue home that was located around a mile a way. Doherty reportedly attempted to make his way home on foot while in the middle of a rainstorm.
Police, public safety personnel conducted an extensive search for Michael Doherty.
Soon as Doherty had been reported missing, police and public safety personnel search for the missing student for days. “Over the last several days ground, air, and water assets and personnel have covered approximately a 1+ mile radius from the last known location where Michael was seen. There are still areas within that radius that need further scrutiny,” the Franklin Police Department said in one update. Authorities also enlisted the help of K9 teams in the search.
As of the moment, the medical examiner’s office is yet to issue its final report on Doherty. However, Franklin Police say preliminary information indicates that there are no signs of foul play or trauma. The cause of death is also still unknown at this time.