Missing NH college student killed by train in Rome

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This Sept. 6, 2013 photo released by Bates College shows student John Durkin, of Rye, N.H. Italian railway police say a college student from New Hampshire who was missing for two days in Rome had been hit by a train. Police didn't release the identity of the student whose body was found in a rail tunnel Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. But Trinity College Rome Campus officials said Saturday the student was Bates College junior John Durkin. The 21-year-old from Rye, N.H., was in a study abroad program. (AP Photo/Bates College)
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This Sept. 6, 2013 photo released by Bates College shows student John Durkin, of Rye, N.H. Italian railway …

ROME (AP) — Italian railway police say a college student from New Hampshire who was missing for two days in Rome was hit by a train.

Police didn't release the identity of the student whose body was found in a rail tunnel Thursday. But Trinity College Rome Campus officials said Saturday the student was Bates College junior John Durkin. The 21-year-old from Rye, N.H., was in a study abroad program.

Durkin had last been seen around 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Campo de' Fiori, a historic square lined with pubs popular with students. 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.

Railway police said the case was under investigation.

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