Jackson County: A Jackson County Grand Jury refused to indict Gaege Bethune, the last person known to have seen dead SIU student Pravin Varughese. Investigators found the body of the 19-year-old in a wooded area near Carbondale almost exactly one year ago. He reportedly left a party in Carbondale with Bethune before getting into an argument with him along route 13. Bethune claimed Varughese ran from the vehicle and into the woods.
The Varughese family filed a wrongful-death suit against the city of Carbondale, the Jackson coroner, former police chief Jody O’Guinn and Bethune.
Press release from State’s Attorney Mike Carr’s office confirmed by a press release that the evidence establishes that Pravin died of Hypthermia