Mizrach Eveneti: Body of Missing Princeton University Student Found



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Body of Missing Princeton University Student Mizrach Eveneti Found on campus Thursday The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Her body was found about 1 p.m. in the amenities field behind the tennis courts, according to a statement from Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri and Kenneth Strother Jr., the school’s assistant vice president for public safety.

An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death, the release said. “There were no signs of injury and his death does not appear to be suspicious or criminal.”

In a statement, the university called the death “an unimaginable tragedy.”

“Our hearts go out to her family, her friends and the many who knew and loved her,” the university said.

“We planned an opportunity for students to come together and remember the Mizrach.”

Earlier Thursday, Unetti’s family said they had been “kept in the dark” by authorities, according to his brother, who said they were desperate for information and working to piece together a timeline of his whereabouts.

Ewunetie, 20, went missing six days ago, prompting university officials to intensify their search for the junior.

His older brother, Universe Euneti, said his family was very worried after he missed his citizenship appointment on Saturday.

“There is no constant update or communication with us,” he told CNN by phone on Thursday, before the body was found, Refers to campus officials and the Solicitor’s Office. “We’re literally being kept in the dark.”

Universe Eveneti said authorities told him the investigation would take time. “One thing we don’t have is we don’t have time,” he said.

CNN has reached out to the attorney general’s office and the university’s Department of Public Safety for comment on Universe Eveneti’s claims.

Investigators were searching Carnegie Lake and the surrounding area on Princeton’s campus after officials used blood vessels to trace Evenetti’s scent from the dorm to the lake, according to a law enforcement source.

New Jersey Gov. Bill Murphy tweeted earlier Thursday that he had been in contact with various law enforcement agencies regarding the missing student.

Murphy later tweeted that she was “heartbroken” by the news of his death.

“Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fellow students who knew and loved her,” he wrote.

Universe Evenetti described her sister as a “precious, beautiful soul” who was a “great listener” and “cared for those beyond herself.”

The family was “not particularly happy” Ewunetie moved to Princeton because it was too far from the family home in Ohio, but they “didn’t want to discourage her,” said the brother, who along with other relatives put up fliers. His sister went missing on the New Jersey campus.

“It’s so painful. I can’t wake up from (a) dream,” he said, fighting back tears. “I wish she was out there somewhere.”

Universe Eunetti said their father first tried to contact his sister on Friday but did not connect and assumed she was busy.

By Saturday, calls and texts went through, but still, no response — and, by Sunday, the calls went straight to voicemail.

Family members said they spoke to her roommates on Friday morning who remembered her sleeping in their dorm room.

Ewunetie was last seen around 3 a.m. near a residence building on the New Jersey campus, the university said.

The university reported her missing on Monday and urged anyone with information to get in touch Department of Public Safety.

“There is an increased law enforcement presence on and around campus today, including the use of a helicopter, drones and watercraft as part of ongoing efforts to locate missing undergraduate student Misrach Ewunetie ’24,” the university said in an update to the community. Wednesday morning.

Ewunetie was volunteering at one of the school’s 11 eating clubs Thursday night, the club’s president told the student newspaper. The Daily Princetonian. Terrace Club president Aleksandar Maravczyk told the paper that Evenetti was “on duty” at housekeeping jobs during a live concert at the club.

“On Thursday night, one of our members who was initially booked for duty was unable to attend our event and Mizrach volunteered to cover their shift. “After the club closed and all duties were completed, Mizrach – as well as other members on duty – left for the night,” Maravcic wrote to the paper.

Sarah Elcott, nonprofit executive director Minds Matter Cleveland, told CNN that Ewunetie’s disappearance was unusual. Ewunetie is a 2020 graduate of the Minds Matter Cleveland program, which closes the educational gap for high-achieving low-income students.

“It’s not out of character for her to be intentionally off the radar or out of touch with the family,” Ellagt said. “We support her family as they assist law enforcement in their efforts to locate her safely.”

Evenetti is a graduate of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, according to a statement from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

“The Joseph High School community is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of former 2020 honor student Mizrach Eveneti, who was found dead today on the Villa Angela-St. Princeton University campus,” Deacon James Armstrong said in a statement.

Email to studentsW. Rochelle Calhoun, Princeton’s vice president for campus life, said Ewunetie’s family contacted the school Sunday night to check on her well-being after she hadn’t heard from her in several days.

“Since Sunday, DPS has been actively working with the District Attorney’s Office and state and local police departments to pursue all leads in the search for Mizrak,” Calhoun said in an email.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Misrach Ewunetie’s first name.

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