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Medical Examiner's Office Rules Princeton Student's Death A Suicide
Misrach Ewunetie, 20, was found near tennis courts on the campus on Oct. 20, police said.
A Princeton University student whose body was discovered near tennis courts in October died by suicide, according to the Mercer County prosecutor, in a report made public Wednesday.
The autopsy report on Misrach Ewunetie, 20, from the Middlesex Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, shows the cause of her death was “bupropion, escitalopram and hydroxyzine toxicity.” Bupropion and escitalopram are antidepressants, while hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used to help control anxiety and tension caused by nervous and emotional conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The search for the missing student, a junior studying sociology, lasted nearly a week, before her body was found on Oct. 20, according to previous Oxygen.com reporting. Officials previously said there were no “obvious signs of injury” and her death did not appear to be suspicious or criminal in nature.
“Our hearts go to Misrach’s family and friends, and to the wider campus community that has been shaken by this tragedy,” W. Rochelle Calhoun, the Vice President for Campus Life, said in a statement on Princeton's website. “Losing a member of our community is always difficult. The long wait for definitive news about what led to her death has been challenging for all of us, and especially for those close to Misrach.”
Back in October, Ewunetie’s brother told CNN their family had been “kept in the dark” by authorities, adding they were desperate to find the missing student, who was reported missing on Oct. 16.
Ewunetie was last seen on the morning of Oct. 14, and her family became more alarmed when she missed a meeting regarding her citizenship. Her brother told NBC News their family is originally from Ethiopia.
After filing a missing person report, members of her family from Ohio put up fliers around campus and spoke to her roommates in an effort to find her, CNN reported.
While she was missing, investigators searched Lake Carnegie on Princeton’s campus, and the surrounding area, after police used bloodhounds to trace her scent from the dorm to the lake, police told CNN.
Calhoun added law enforcement did not think campus was unsafe during the investigation into Ewunetie’s death.
Ewunetie was valedictorian of her high school in Euclid, Ohio and had a full ride to Princeton, Cleveland City Councilman Charles Slife said in a public video plea for help in finding her, according to NBC News. He worked with her at Minds Matter Cleveland, a nonprofit that offers academic and mentoring resources for high-performing, low-income high school students.
He said she was a sociology major who interned for Bank of America and worked for McKinsey.
Princeton shared how to access to mental health resources for students, faculty and staff. Students can call the CPS Cares Line 24/7 at 609-258-3141. Faculty and staff can contact Carebridge 24/7 at (800) 437-0911.