Princeton University student Misrach Ewunetie’s family has demanded an independent autopsy following her death.
According to the New York Post, Misrach’s relatives have launched a fundraiser to assist the family with expenses, including an independent autopsy. They’re reportedly seeking to have one performed after calling the location where her body was found “suspicious.”
“Due to her sudden death and bizarre circumstances surrounding her passing, we ask family, friends, and anyone aware of her story to support Misrach’s family by assisting with the expenses associated with a funeral, an independent autopsy, and significant travel,” the GoFundMe said. “There are simply no words that can encapsulate the grief and mourning that such an event has brought to Misrach’s family.”
The page has surpassed its $100,000 goal in under 24 hours thus far.
The young woman was reportedly found dead behind the tennis courts near Princeton’s New Jersey campus on Oct. 20. Authorities discovered her body during a nationwide search six days after she went missing. Although prosecutors said there were no obvious signs of foul play in her death, her brother Universe Ewunetie, believes otherwise.
“The area she was found makes us feel it was suspicious. Some trees had to be cut when they were removing Misrach,” he told the Sun.
An autopsy was also conducted, but results from various toxicology screens could reportedly take weeks. Misrach’s family criticized authorities, saying they’ve been “kept in the dark” regarding her case.
Universe added that they fumed at the mere suggestion that no foul play was involved, saying, “Everyone thinks it’s over with, and they released that statement before doing any autopsy and without telling us.”
The sociology student’s death has devastated her loved ones, but they choose to remember her as the great person she was.
“She never judged anyone and took the time to understand all–she humanized, empathized, and advocated for you. Whether she knew you or not, she greeted you with a warm smile and a gentle hug–her presence was always welcoming and without ill will,” her family said.