On Thursday, authorities announced that the body of a Princeton University student who had been missing for days had been located. Misrach Ewunetie, 20, was found dead by a campus worker outside the university’s tennis courts at approximately 1 p.m., according to a press release from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri stated that “there were no obvious signs of injury and her death does not appear suspicious or criminal in nature.” albeit the official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.
There are no dangers to the campus or surrounding area, according to the institution.
What Vice President Said on the Death?
What happened to Misrach is beyond tragic. Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun expressed her condolences to everyone who “knew and loved her,” including her family, friends, and the university community.
Students were warned by campus safety Thursday morning that they could expect to see an increased presence of aerial vehicles searching for Ewunetie, who had been missing since October 14.
NBC Cleveland affiliate WKYC said that Ewunetie’s mother, Tiruedil Kassa, had pleaded with anyone with knowledge to come forward: “Just if they have anything, let us know, let the police know, let someone know.”
She spoke highly of her daughter, describing her as shy, thoughtful, and gentle. “She’s such a trusting person, just a lovely person,” she said.
When Did Her Brother Last Contacted Her?
After an event on October 13 at the Terrace Club dining hall, Ewunetie was seen by her roommates returning to the hostel at 3 a.m. Universe Ewunetie, Ewunetie’s brother, told NBC News on Wednesday that his sister’s roommate claimed she had left the house around 4 a.m.
According to Universe Ewunetie, the last time he had contact with his sister was on October 13. They had been exchanging texts. There was no longer any contact with her by Sunday.
WKYC reported that Kassa claimed, “We can’t find her phone.” Since Sunday, it has been turned off, and we have no idea why. Before then, it was functioning normally. Class of 2024 member Ewunetie vanished on October 14, the day before a weeklong fall vacation when most students head back home.
It was announced in an email to students by the Ivy League school that Ewunetie’s family had contacted the university’s Department of Public Safety on Sunday night to report that they had not heard from her in many days.
How Was the Investigation Going?
Together with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Princeton University Department of Public Safety has been heading the investigation into her disappearance since Sunday. The school said Monday that Ewunetie was missing.
The desperate hunt resumed on Wednesday and Thursday at Princeton University with the help of a helicopter, drones, and watercraft, so students were warned to expect a higher than usual police presence on and around campus.
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According to Universe Ewunetie, his family is from Ethiopia, although his sister grew up in Euclid, Ohio. He said that the only connection she had to the state of New Jersey was through her university. His words were, “She’s loved and cared for, and we’re missing her,”.
What Was the Cause of Her Death?
Till now the exact reason of her death is not known. Charles Slife, a city councilman in Cleveland, and Rebecca Maurer, a city councilwoman in Cleveland, both made video appeals to the public for assistance in locating Ewunetie.
They claimed to have known her from their time working with the nonprofit organisation Minds Matter Cleveland, which provides academic and mentoring support to high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds in Cleveland’s public high schools.
“She’s an incredible student, this is not usual behavior,” Maurer said in the clip.
For three years, Ewunetie volunteered her time with Slife’s family every Saturday “to try to make sure she could get to the college of her dreams, and she was so delighted when she got into Princeton,” Slife said.
She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and was awarded a full scholarship to Princeton University because of his Facebook post praising her as “a committed student.”
Slife noted that the sociology student “interned for Bank of America and worked for McKinsey.” Ewunetie is an honours graduate of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio.