MIT graduate student Kaitlin Goldstein has been found dead in a remote region in India, her family said. The MIT graduate student had been missing for more than a week after she reportedly fell several hundred feet off a cliff. Authorities suspect that the 28-year-old slipped on a loose rock while on a jogging path.
As an avid runner, she was last seen jogging on a trail near the same area where she was found dead in a ravine.
On Saturday, officials found the body of the MIT graduate student, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and a Brown University graduate in a remote region of India known as Ladakh.
When she ignored phone calls, her parents went to India to look for their daughter, telling officials that she disappeared on June 14.
A search for the missing woman began when she didn’t return on a mountain trail where she was last seen
Goldstein, a competitive runner known as Kate, was working on a doctorate in architecture at MIT in Cambridge. She arrived in India on June 7 to take part in a workshop on energy and development on the campus of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh near the city of Leh.
The workshop was organized by the MIT-affiliated Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. She had been scheduled to stay after the workshop and help install solar panels at a nearby Buddhist monastery, MIT officials said.
MIT President L. Rafael Reif sent an email to the members of the MIT community on Sunday notifying them that Kaitlin Goldstein had died and that counseling services were available on campus.
“She was passionately interested in energy solutions for the developing world, a subject she was exploring in a remote region of northern India at the time of her death,” Reif wrote. “The death of someone so young and promising is a terrible loss; we should all take time to reach out to those around us.”
The search grew to include local police, the Intelligence Bureau of India, the American Embassy in New Dehli, the U.S. State Department and the FBI. MIT also hired a private security firm based in Mumbai, MIT officials said.
Goldstein’s parents, Drs. Jack Goldstein and Jean Plover, went to India to search for their daughter.
Before her body was found, Goldstein’s brother, Adam Goldstein, told CBS affiliate WPRI-TV in Providence that he was worried she may have been kidnapped, and was concerned because of highly publicized gang rapes in India.