Providence Police Lieutenant Joseph Donnelly said Tuesday it's "very, very possible" the body is Trapathi, 22, and they would know for certain after the medical examiner's office identified the body Wednesday, the Boston Globe reported.
The body was discovered around 6 p.m. by the coach of Brown's rowing team, which practices nearby.
Tripathi was last seen around 11 a.m. on March 16 at his apartment, where his cellphone, credit card and ID were found when police swept his room. His sister told investigators his glasses and a wool Philadelphia Eagles cap were missing.
Tripathi was briefly caught up in the search for the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings last week when amateur sleuths on Reddit thought the they recognized Tripathi when the FBI released photos of the man who turned out to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.