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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The family of an SIU student found dead in 2014 had voluntarily dropped the city of Carbondale, its current coroner and former police chief from their wrongful death lawsuit.

Lovely Varughese filed the suit six months after her son Pravin's body was found in a wooded area.

She said on her attorney's advice, the family asked to dismiss the city, Dr. Thomas Kupferer and Jody O'Guinn earlier in August, and the judge agreed.

Varughese said they're hoping that, by taking that step, they'll finally be able to receive records from the city involving her son's case.

The remaining defendant, Gage Bethune, gave Varughese a ride the night he went missing.

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