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Missing Chicago man`s body found in D.C. Tidal Basin

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WTTG) - The positive identification of a missing Chicago man was made Friday by relatives who flew to Washington to meet with D.C. police investigators.

After identifying the body at the medical examiner's office, police took the family members to the Tidal Basin.

SEE: Chicago man missing after trip to Washington D.C.

His three uncles from Texas and Connecticut met with police investigators at the spot along the tidal basin, just south of the FDR Memorial where the body of a 35-year-old software consultant from Chicago was found in the water around 1 a.m. Thursday.

"My heart says that he's a very nice gentleman and I don't know anything," the victim's uncle Srinivas Kolluri says. "Anybody could do anything wrong or harm to him."

The uncles say police are telling them Sarath Potharaju was not the victim of foul play.

"What do they mean by that? There's no trauma to the body. So he either fell in or jumped in? Yea. Whatever," his uncle says. "Something hit him or somebody pushed him. We don't know."

Potharaju was last seen at the FDR Memorial on Easter Sunday afternoon, disappearing shortly after this cell phone video was taken by his cousin. The cousin, his wife and young daughter went to the bathroom and when they came out, Potharaju was gone.

"They don't have any root cause or anything so we don't know," the victim's uncle says. "They're still investigating."

Potharaju was in Washington to work on a project for the IMF. He was doing a little sightseeing on Easter and posting his travels on Facebook, where friends were holding out hope there would be an okay ending.

"Everybody says that we are praying for him and we thank everybody on our behalf," says Anand Kolluri. "The family is so depressed and we are planning to send... we are making the arrangements to send the body to India."

"He is our only nephew," Kolluri adds through tears. "We have only one sister and the only one nephew. Her only son. We don't know what happened. What lead to this. This is very traumatic for us."

The uncles say Potharaju was happily married with children, had no financial troubles, and had no reason to want to harm himself.

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