TIRUPATI: A 23-year-old MS graduate from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh was found dead at NewPort Beach in Orange County of California.
According to information reaching here, Praveen Galla had gone to the US two years ago to pursue a master’s degree at the California State University after completing his B. Tech from Gitam University in Vizag.
Praveen’s body was discovered by the local police at 10 a.m. (IST) Wednesday and news of his death was conveyed to his family a few hours later.
“We received a call from the local police and our relatives staying there. Police told us that the body's thumb impression matched Praveen's finger prints,'' said the man’s younger brother.
According to him, the family had lodged a missing person complaint with the Fullerton police 10 days ago after Pravin’s phone returned a switched off message for two days consecutively.
Praveen's roommates were anxious for his safety and urged his parents to approach the local police via their relatives there.
Initially, the Fullerton police were reluctant to lodge a complaint because the man was more than 18 years old.
Pravin’s body was found a 1,000 m from the sea shore and was shifted to New Jersey for an autopsy.
A pall of gloom has descended on Praveen's house here and phone calls poured in from relatives and family members.
The family is making preparations to bring the body home.