Death of Franklin college student ruled an accident

Michael Doherty. Image Courtesy: Franklin Police Department

FRANKLIN, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts’ chief medical examiner says a Duke University student whose body was found in woods near his home died of hypothermia.

Twenty-year-old Michael Doherty, of Franklin, was found dead last month in dense woods and thick underbrush near Interstate 495. The medical examiner says he died due to prolonged exposure to the cold.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office said Friday an investigation found no evidence of foul play.

Doherty was last seen leaving a party in the early morning of May 14, about a quarter mile from where he was found. His disappearance sparked a nearly weeklong search of swampy areas of Franklin and neighboring Bellingham.

Doherty would have been a junior this fall at the university in Durham, North Carolina.

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