Medical examiner: EMU student's death officially ruled as homicide

Julia Niswender found dead at her off-campus apartment in Dec.

Published On: Jan 30 2013 05:06:36 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 01:46:53 PM EST
YPSILANIT, Mich. -

The medical examiner says the death of a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan Student, was indeed a homicide.

EMU student Julia Niswender was found dead at an off-campus apartment in Dec.

Toxicology test results have yielded no conclusive information, according to the medical examiner's report.

Niswender was a 2008 graduate of Monroe High School and was an undergraduate at Eastern Michigan.

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A twin sister, Jennifer, recently graduated from the Ypsilanti campus.

In a December letter to students EMU President Sue Martin wrote:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
It is with great sadness that I write to you this afternoon about the tragic death of one of our students. As we reported earlier, the student has been identified as 23-year old Julia Catherine Niswender. She was a junior in Communication, Media and Theatre Arts. She was found last night in her off-campus apartment, located in the 1000 block of Huron River Drive. Ypsilanti Police are investigating her death as an apparent homicide. The cause of death has not been determined and Ypsilanti Police have no information at this time on a possible suspect.
Our understanding is that police were called to Julia's apartment after a suitemate reported not having seen her for several days. The Ypsilanti Police Department is continuing to investigate the case. The EMU Police Department is working closely with Ypsilanti Police and we will report additional information as we obtain it, and as events may warrant.

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A friend, Andrew Hoppert, previously said Niswender was "very social" and had a large group of friends.

A suspect in Niswender's death has not been identified.

Ypsilanti Police, Michigan State Police, and Federal agencies continue to investigate.

Anyone with information or tips regarding this case is asked to contact Ypsilanti police at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.