POLICE have confirmed the missing body of a Princeton student has been found after a six-day search.
Mercer County Attorney Angelo J. Onofri and Kenneth Strother Jr., associate vice president of Princeton University, announced Thursday that the body of Misrach Ewunetie was discovered.
Her body was discovered near tennis courts on the outskirts of Princeton’s campus – a more remote area only open to licensed vehicles.
“An autopsy by the Middlesex Borough’s Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of Ms Ewunetie’s death,” the statement said.
“However, there were no obvious sighs of injury and her death does not appear suspicious or criminal.”
Misrach Ewunetie, a junior at the university, was last seen around 3 a.m. on October 14 near Scully Hall, where she lived on the New Jersey campus.
So far, no official statement has been made about the identity of the body, only about its discovery.
The grim discovery comes after Ewunetie’s family revealed to The US Sun that the 20-year-old’s phone last pinged on a quiet street 1.7 miles from campus, two days after she was last seen.
The data was logged around 3:27 a.m. on Washington Road, West Windsor Township, Princeton, a street lined with quaint single-family homes worth around $500,000.
A screenshot of the exact location of her phone showed it was near the popular Perna’s Flower Shop on Washington Road, which closes at 5pm at the weekend.
The area also includes an assisted living facility and Papa John’s pizza restaurant, which closes at midnight on Sundays.
Ewunetie’s roommates believed she went home to visit family in Ohio and only realized she was missing on Sunday.
The university didn’t report her missing until Monday night, when she triggered a “Tiger Alert.”
At the time, Ewunetie’s brother Universe told The US Sun: “Unfortunately, we haven’t verified that [her last location] until we realized she wasn’t answering the phone.
“We weren’t 100% sure she was missing, but we reported it to the Princeton University Department of Public Safety Sunday night.
“She spoke to my parents about moving back to Ohio [earlier in the week]but then they couldn’t reach her but her phone rang.
“We thought she might be busy and wouldn’t answer us. But when her phone stopped ringing, we tried to locate her. My brother shared the location with her on the iPhone.”
Universe, 30, said he felt the university wasn’t doing enough to locate his sister after exceeding the crucial first 48 hours.
‘WE NEED HELP’
When asked if she seemed okay the last time we talked, he said: “She seemed fine. You had midterms last week.
“She is a junior and has a thesis written. She was fine. We have a group chat between me, her and our other brother.
“We had a fun chat Thursday night, she’s a member of the Terrace Club, an eating club in Princeton.
“We saw photos from an event on Thursday night and she was there and fine.”
He added: “We need to light a fire in this situation, we need all the help we can get.”
Universe said she shares a dorm-style suite with a common area and bathroom with three other housemates, one of whom last saw her at 3am on Friday following her outing with friends.
But with many now off campus and even out of state while taking a break at Princeton, students haven’t been able to get involved in the search for the 20-year-old.
When asked how her parents are, Universe admitted, “Not well. They haven’t eaten or slept since Sunday, especially my father.
“She is the jewel of the house, they are the only daughter and the youngest. She is loved very much.”
Misrach was a 2020 graduate of Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School in Cleveland.
She was top of her class and received a full scholarship to Princeton and wrote about it in local media.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/6482856/misrach-ewunetie-princeton-missing-student-parents/ The body of Princeton student Misrach Ewunetie was found by a staff member on campus six days after the mysterious disappearance