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  • 23 June 2014, 19:08

Jogger Found Dead After 'Sliding Off Cliff'

A "promising" graduate student missing for more than a week has been found dead in India after reportedly sliding several hundred feet off a cliff.

Kaitlin Goldstein, 28, had gone for a morning run on June 14 when she apparently slipped on loose rock and fell.

The American's body was discovered on Saturday in a ravine below a mountain trail in the remote northern region of Ladakh, where she had been jogging.

The search had involved local police, the Intelligence Bureau of India, the American Embassy in New Delhi, the US State Department and the FBI.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hired a private security firm based in Mumbai and her parents also went to the country to look for her.

There had been concerns among family members that she may have been kidnapped because of high-profile gang rapes in India.

Ms Goldstein, a competitive runner known as Kate, was working on a doctorate in architecture at the 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 organised 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 telling them Ms Goldstein had died and that counselling services were available on campus.

He said: "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.

"The death of someone so young and promising is a terrible loss. We should all take time to reach out to those around us."

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