• Misrach Ewunetie died by "bupropion, escitalopram and hydroxyzine toxicity"
  • Bupropion and escitalopram are antidepressants
  • Ewunetie was a sociology student at Princeton University

A Princeton University student whose body was found nearly a week after she vanished from her dorm in October died by suicide, officers confirmed Wednesday.

The autopsy report of Misrach Ewunetie, a 20-year-old sociology student, revealed she died by "bupropion, escitalopram and hydroxyzine toxicity," according to a press release from the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. The Middlesex Regional Medical Examiner's Office conducted the autopsy.

Ewunetie was last seen on Oct. 14 at around 3.00 a.m. near the Scully Hall dorm on the campus. Her body was found behind the Ivy League tennis courts by an employee six days after.

Bupropion and escitalopram are antidepressants, while hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies and anxiety.

"Our hearts go out of Misrach's family and friends, and to the wider campus community that has been shaken by this tragedy," Princeton University said in a statement Wednesday, reported ABC News. "Losing a member of our community is always difficult. The long wait for definitive news about what led to her death has been challenging for all of us, and especially for those close to Misrach."

Universe, Ewunetie's oldest brother, described her as a "precious, beautiful soul," a "great listener" and someone who "cares about people beyond her." She missed an interview for her U.S. citizenship application on Oct. 15, which made her family worry about her.

Ewunetie, who was originally from Ethiopia, was living with her family in Euclid, Ohio. She earned a full scholarship to Princeton after graduating from Cleveland's Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in 2020.

Ewunetie was volunteering for "housekeeping tasks" at a live music event at the school's Terrace Club and she vanished on her way home. Police initially said there was no foul play in her death.

"There were no obvious signs of injury and her death does not appear suspicious or criminal in nature," prosecutors said at the time.

After Ewunetie's body was found, the school's vice president for campus life, W. Rochelle Calhoun, called her death an "unthinkable tragedy."

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours a day.

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