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Brother Of Princeton Student Who Was Found Dead Calls Location Of Body 'Suspicious'
The brother of Misrach Ewunetie, the Princeton University reported missing and later found dead, calls the location where her body was found "suspicious" because they reportedly had to remove trees to remove her remains.
The brother of the Princeton University student who was reported missing and then found dead is raising questions about where her body was discovered.
“The area she was found makes us feel it was suspicious,” Universe Ewunetie, the brother of Misrach Ewunetie told The Sun in an interview. “Some trees had to be cut when they were removing Misrach.”
The 20-year-old’s body was discovered by a school employee behind the tennis school near the school, according to a statement from the Mercer County Prosecutor, as previously reported by Oxygen.com.
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the cause of death, but said there were no signs of injury, and her death did not appear suspicious or criminal in nature, according to the statement.
But Universe Ewunetie suggested officials may have ruled out foul play too soon.
"Everyone thinks it's over with, and they released that statement before doing any autopsy and without telling us," he said.
He said the family was devastated by Misrach’s death and their “very private” parents have found it “beyond difficult” dealing with the death of their only daughter.
He said the family was also disappointed by the lack of communication from the university during the search for his sister.
"I don't want to paint the whole Princeton staff as bad, there have been some folks that have been good to us, especially the Dean [of the university]," he said according to the Sun.
Universe Ewunetie had previously told CNN that the family had not been “not particular happy” that Misrach had decided to go to Princeton because the Ivy League school was so far away from her home in Ohio.
Just before she disappeared, she had volunteered during a show at one of the school’s eating clubs on Thursday evening — just before the last day of midterm exams — the president of the club told the Daily Princetonian.
"On Thursday night, one of our members who was initially signed up for duty was unable to attend our event, and Misrach volunteered to cover their shift," Terrace Club President Alexander Maravcsik told the paper. "After the club had closed and all of the duty responsibilities had been fulfilled, Misrach — as well as the other members on duty — left for the night."
She left the event around 2:30 a.m. and was last seen in her dorm by a roommate, brushing her teeth, around 3:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, her brother told ABC News. But when her roommate returned to their suite around 4:30 a.m., Misrach was gone.
Her father reportedly tried to reach her on the day she disappeared, but assumed she was busy when they were unable to connect. Friends reportedly assumed she had gone home during the school's fall recess, which lasts for a week. Her family became concerned when she missed her interview for an American citizenship application on Saturday.
Her brother told Good Morning America that her phone pinged at a housing complex near campus on Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m., but appeared to have been off thereafter.
The family reported her missing on Sunday, and the school announced it on Monday, October 17.
Universe bristled at the suggestion that his sister might have taken her own life.
"It's out of character for Misrach to do any of this," he told the Sun. "She was talking to me about a savings account she was going to open, her interview, buying clothes and shipping them to Cleveland, and volunteering at her student club organization."