The desperate brother of a 20-year-old Princeton University junior – who vanished five days ago – said her family is living a “nightmare” and has revealed her final moments.
Misrach Ewunetie was last seen on Friday at around 3 am near Scully Hall, where she lives on campus in New Jersey.
Officials at the school say she has not been in touch with her family or friends in days and sent out a ‘Tiger Alert’ at around 9.20 pm Monday reporting her missing.
Her brother, Universe Ewunetie, described his little sister as “a very principled, smart girl” who is a “loving and caring person, beautiful inside and out”.
He told The U.S. Sun in the family’s first media interview that her disappearance is out of character and she was last seen returning to her dorm after meeting members of Princeton’s Terrace Club.
“I cannot explain, it’s a nightmare that I cannot wake up from,” he said, after flying from California to join the family in the urgent search for missing Misrach.
Universe, who also has a brother, Jhonatan, 23, said the family came to America from Ethiopia in 2008 and Misrach grew up in Ohio, where her parents still live.
The young woman was due to go for an interview on Saturday 45 miles from Princeton regarding her American citizenship application, but her brother was told she was a no-show.
The U.S. Sun has reached out to Princeton University for comment but did not hear back.
A spokeswoman for Princeton Police Department said they were not dealing with the case and it is being handled only by campus officers.
Universe said she had been sharing her location with their brother and her phone last pinged in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It signaled from a residential area near Penns Neck – around a seven-minute drive away from campus.
A screenshot of her phone activity obtained by The U.S. Sun shows her phone signal was last picked up around 3.27 am before the device was seemingly switched off.
Her eldest brother, 30, said he has been to the area with police to search and speak to residents but they did not locate the missing woman or her phone.
“They went twice, once with dogs and they didn’t get anything,” Universe explained.
“The third time I joined them with my girlfriend and we were only there for half an hour with the lead detective and two other university officers.