3 years after son’s death, mother of SIUC student thanks special prosecutor after suspect indicted

CARBONDALE • In an open letter to her Facebook friends and followers, the mother of a 19-year-old found dead in a patch of Carbondale woods in 2014 thanked the investigating agency and prosecutors who filed murder charges against the man believed to have been the last to see her son alive.

The post was written by Lovely Varughese, the mother of Pravin Varughese, a Southern Illinois University criminal justice student who was found dead Feb. 18, 2014, in a wooded area near Buffalo Wild Wings, some days after he was reported missing on Feb. 13.

On Thursday, a Jackson County grand jury returned an indictment for two counts of felony murder, first degree, against Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Ill.. The 22-year-old Bethune, believed to be one of the last people to see Varughese, said, in one account, that the two fought and that Varughese got out of his car

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