Police have recovered a body in the search for missing Princeton University scholarship student Misrach Ewunetie, six days after she vanished on her way home from an event.
The high-achieving student was last seen on Oct. 14 and her disappearance sparked an intense statewide manhunt in New Jersey.
Authorities had deployed drones and watercraft to comb through the school’s sprawling grounds.
Ewunetie, a junior at the elite school, was last seen in the early morning brushing her teeth in Scully Hall. Her brother said her phone had pinged near an off-campus housing complex about a 30 minute walk from her dorm before it went silent.
Police scoured the housing complex three times with no luck, and school officials had sent out multiple alerts urging anyone with information on her disappearance to come forward.
Ewunetie’s family, who are originally from Ethiopia and now live in Ohio, alerted authorities on Saturday after they learned she’d missed an appointment for her US citizenship application.
“She is the gem of the house, their only daughter and the youngest,” her brother Universe Ewunetie recently told the Sun. “She is very loved.”
Just hours before police found her body Thursday, the distressed brother gave a desperate interview begging for her return on ABC’s “Good Morning America.
“We just want the law to be faster because time is of the essence,” he said. “We can take any help we can find.”
He had said it was strange that his sister’s phone pinged off-campus, calling the leafy Ivy-League grounds “very insular.”
“So it’s very odd that her phone would be off campus. Like everything is on campus,” he said.
Ewunetie’s LinkedIn profile said she was studying sociology with a certificate in the “Applications of Computing.”
“I aim to bring value to the corporate world through innovative problem solving and data analysis skills that will continue to grow as I pursue my education at Princeton,” she wrote in her bio.