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Body of missing Bates College student found in Rome

ROME, ITALY (WGME) -- The body of a Bates College student missing in Rome on a study abroad program has been found, according to a Facebook post from a family member.

John Durkin, 21, of Rye, New Hampshire, had been missing in Rome since early Wednesday morning.

"It is with much sadness that the Durkin family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks every one for their support during the past few days," the post from the Missing Person-John Durkin Facebook page read late Saturday morning.

His family said Durkin was last seen by friends around 1:30 am Wednesday. Italian Railroad Police say they found a body in a train tunnel with no identification. Family traveling to Rome to search for Durkin reportedly identified his body. Police believe he was hit and killed by a train.

Durkin was a junior at Bates and a linebacker on the college's football team.

The team's head coach, Mark Harriman, said, "We will remember the fortitude and character that John displayed on a daily basis and attempt to emulate those standards. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Durkin family during this difficult time."

A community prayer vigil was held in Rye Friday night.