Missing Princeton University Student Committed Suicide Prosecutors Says
New Jersey officials announced that the missing Princeton University student whose body was found on the outskirts of campus a week after she disappeared in October died from suicide. 20-year-old Misrach Ewunetie vanished after last being seen on October 14 near a dormitory building.
An update to the investigation was posted by the Office of the Mercer County Prosecutor posted on Wednesday. It stated that the autopsy revealed that Ewunetie introduce the antidepressant bupropion, the antidepressant escitalopram, and the antihistamine hydroxyzine in her system.
According to a published post by Law and Crime, prosecutors said that the cause of her death was determined to be ‘Bupropion, Escitalopram, and Hydroxyzine Toxicity. Instead of saying that Ewunetie’s death was an accidental overdose, authorities did not specify why they believed that it was a suicide.
Casey A. DeBlasio, the prosecutor’s spokesperson said that out of respect for Ms. Ewunetie’s family, and at their request, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office will not be providing additional information.
The authorities stated that the Princeton University class of 2024, Ewunetie was last seen early in the morning of October 14 in the area of the Scully Hall dorm building. This initiated a weeklong search for the young woman, who was valedictorian at her high school in Cleveland, Ohio, and was attending Princeton on a full four-year scholarship.
Universe Ewunetie, her brother, described her disappearance as out of character and said that she doesn’t have any personal problems that he’s aware of. He said the family is sure she did not have mental health challenges.
Universe said that Ewunetie did not show up on Oct. 15 to her interview regarding her application for American citizenship. She grew up in Ohio after her family arrived in the states from Ethiopia in 2008.
Universe spoke of his then-missing sister in glowing terms and stated that she is the gem of the house. The family also followed that she was their only daughter and the youngest. She is very loved.
A Weeklong Search Which Got a Tragic End
October 20 the search tragically ended and authorities said her death did not appear to involve foul play. Prosecutors said that Ms. Ewunetie’s body was found outside on the Facilities grounds behind the tennis courts at approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday by a Facilities employee.
An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine Ms. Ewunetie’s cause and manner of death, however, there were no obvious signs of injury and her death does not appear suspicious or criminal in nature
The Department of Public Safety has been working closely with local and state law enforcement since Misrach was reported missing on Sunday. They concluded that there is no related threat to the campus or the surrounding area.
While Ewunetie’s death remained under investigation, a pre-emptive insistence the campus was safe reportedly rankled students. One Professor stated that the students became outraged over what they perceived as a cynical lack of transparency. Sophomore Isadora Knutsen stated that there’s no reason for anyone to believe it wasn’t suspicious.