The body of 20-year-old Misrach Ewunetie was discovered on the outskirts of Princeton’s campus, near tennis courts and a more remote area restricted to authorized vehicles, according to authorities. There were no early signs of trauma, the sources said.
A school spokesperson said, “We have no additional information to share at this time.”
Earlier Thursday, campus security advised students that they would see more drones, helicopters and personal watercraft scouring the university in search of Ewunetie, who had not been seen since Oct. 14.
Prior to the discovery, Ewunetie’s mother, Tiruedil Kassa, had urged anyone with information to come forward. Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC: “Only if they have something, let us know, let the police know, let someone know.”
She described her daughter as a quiet, reserved and nice girl.
“She’s such a trusting person, just a nice person,” she said.
Ewunetie had attended an event at the Terrace Club, a dining room, on Oct. 13, and returned to her dorm room where her roommates saw her around 3 a.m. But after 4 a.m., a roommate said she was gone, Ewunetie’s brother, Universe Ewunetie, told NBC News Wednesday.
Universe said he and his sister were texting on Oct. 13, the last time he heard from her. Her phone was turned off on Sunday.
Checkout said to WKYC, “We can’t find her phone. We don’t know, it just shut down since Sunday. It worked for that.”
Ewunetie, part of the class of 2024, disappeared on October 14, the last day of class before the start of a week-long fall break on campus, a time when many students return home.
The Ivy League University said in an email to students that the Department of Public Security was notified Sunday evening by Ewunetie’s family that they hadn’t heard from her for days and requested a welfare check.
Since Sunday, Princeton University’s DPS, along with the Mercer County Attorney General’s Office, led the investigation into her disappearance. On Monday, the school sent a warning to campus saying Ewunetie was missing.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Princeton University students were told to expect a greater presence of law enforcement officers on and around campus, as the desperate search continued with the use of a helicopter, drones and watercraft.
Universe Ewunetie said the family is originally from Ethiopia and Misrach grew up in Euclid, Ohio. She had no ties to the New Jersey area other than school, he said.
“She is loved and cared for, and we miss her,” he said.
Cleveland City Councilman Charles Slife and Councilor Rebecca Maurer also had a… public video plea for help finding Ewunetie.
They said they worked with her at Minds Matter Cleveland, a nonprofit that provides academic and mentoring resources for high-achieving low-income high school students.
“She’s an incredible student, this is not common,” Maurer said in the clip.
Slife said Misrach worked with them every weekend for three years “to try and make sure she could get to the college of her dreams, and she was so excited when she went to Princeton.”
He described her on Facebook as “a dedicated student” who earned farewell awards in high school and a full ride to Princeton.
Slife added the sociology major was “intern for Bank of America and worked for McKinsey.”
Her high school, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, said Ewunetie graduated in 2020.