(NewsNation) – Misrach Ewunetie, the 20-year-old Princeton University student who was last seen in her college dorm around 3 a.m. last Friday, has died, the county attorney’s office has confirmed. of Mercer.
“At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2022, authorities located the deceased body of missing Princeton University student Misrach Ewunetie,” a statement read.
Officials say Ewunetie’s body was found near tennis courts bordering the Princeton campus.
The prosecutor’s office went on to say that while no signs of trauma were detected and Ewunetie’s death does not appear suspicious or criminal in nature, an autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine officially the cause and circumstances of his death.
Ewunetie was reported missing on Monday after her family became concerned when she missed an appointment last Saturday regarding her US citizenship application.
A junior at Princeton, Ewunetie came to the United States from Ethiopia with her family in 2008.
Her brother told the US Sun that his sister’s cell phone rang near a New Jersey apartment complex on Sunday. Ewunetie shared his position with a member of his family.
Police drove to the compound with search dogs, but found no trace of her.
Ewunetie’s disappearance has angered other Princeton students, prompting the university to step up security, including sending drones, helicopters and personal watercraft to monitor the campus area.
“You always imagine that Princeton is safe and everything, but unfortunately that’s not the truth. It’s a reminder that we need to stay alert, stay aware and we need to look out for each other at all times,” he said. said Laura Esguerra, a student at Princeton.
Princeton University Vice President Rochelle Calhoun released a statement after Ewunetie’s death was confirmed, informing the student body of the tragic news.
“It is with great sadness that we share heartbreaking news regarding the passing of Misrach Ewunetie ’24,” the statement read. “Misrach’s death is an unthinkable tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the many others who knew and loved her,” he continued.
Calhoun went on to tell the student body that the school plans to give them an opportunity to come together and remember Ewunetie.
“We know this is an upsetting time for our community, especially for other Misrach students. There are many people and resources on campus who are there for you,” Calhoun wrote.