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Missing Biologist Returns to MIT

By Abhilash R. Vaishnav

On June 21, Dorit Ginsberg, a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, who had previously disappeared in mysterious circumstances, returned to her home in Brookline. She told Brookline police that she was well but had gone to New Haven to be alone.

"I was wandering around," Ginsberg told The Boston Globe , in order to explain her sudden departure. "I wanted to be by myself."

She stated that although she had realized that her husband would be worried, she had no idea that her disappearance had lead to such a massive regional search.

Ginsberg, a 31 year old Israeli neurobiologist, is currently working under Professor Robert Horvitz. She was frustrated with her research and felt that she was unable to master the required research techniques at a fast pace. She was considering changing jobs, according to her husband and colleagues. However, her supervisor, Professor Horvitz said that he was pleased with Ginsberg's work and wanted to have her continue working for him.

Brookline Police Sergeant William Ellis visited Dorit Ginsberg at her apartment after her husband reported that she had returned. "She looked good, healthy and rational and she apologized for causing so much effort to find her," Ellis told the Globe. She said that she had traveled alone and had not stayed with anyone in New Haven.

She was not willing to provide any more information on her sudden and unexplained disappearance or her reasons for leaving. "I think there is more to it," Brookline Police Chief Howard Brackett told the Globe. "But it is not a crime and she is over 21. She is allowed to leave if she wants."