December 28, 2022

Death of Princeton Student is Determined a Suicide

Misrach Ewunetie (Princeton University)

The death in October of Princeton University student Misrach Ewunetie has been ruled a suicide.

The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office released an autopsy report Wednesday, December 28 on the 20-year-old member of the Class of 2024, who was missing for nearly a week before her body was discovered on October 20 near the University’s tennis courts.

“The cause of death was determined to be Buproprion, Escitalopram, and Hydroxyzine Toxicity,” according to a release from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Ewunetie, who was on full scholarship, had come to this country from Ethiopia as a child, and was valedictorian of her high school class in Cleveland. She was last seen by a suitemate at the Scully Hall dormitory at 3 a.m. on Friday, October 14, brushing her teeth. She had been out late, volunteering at an event at Terrace, the eating club to which she belonged.

Her family contacted the University on Sunday, October 16 after she missed a scheduled appointment for her American citizenship application the day before.

When issuing the release, Casey A. DeBlasio, public information officer for the prosecutor, said, “Out of respect for Ms. Ewunetie’s family, and at their request, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office will not be providing additional information.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available 24/7 at the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which can be reached by dialing 988 or visiting