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While those who knew him are skeptical that the death of Engineering graduate student Anirban Majumdar was anything but foul play, authorities have yet to elaborate on why that explanation has been practically ruled out.

Majumdar, a 25-year-old native of Calcutta, India, was pulled dead from the Schuylkill River on Sunday.

"It's their investigation," said Maureen Rush, Penn's Vice President for Public Safety, who has declined to comment on evidence obtained by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner suggesting foul play was not involved in Majumdar's death.

On Monday, the day Majumdar was confirmed dead by the medical examiner, University spokeswoman Phyllis Holtzman attributed a finding to the examiner's office that "the post-mortem exam showed no evidence of trauma or foul play."

But yesterday, the examiner's spokesman, Jeff Moran, said the case was "still pending."

"The manner of death has yet to be ruled and I don't expect it will be for some time," Moran said. For full coverage check tomorrow's Daily Pennsylvanian or log onto

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