HERITAGE UPDATE – 01/29/13, YPSILANTI — Julia Niswender’s death ruled a homicide in final autopsy report, toxicology results inconclusive:

Julia_Niswender Campus Murder

The Ypsilanti Police Department has received the final autopsy report for Julia Niswender, which determined her death was a homicide.

Police have been investigating the Eastern Michigan University junior’s death as an apparent homicide, unless it could be proven otherwise, since she was found dead in her off-campus apartment on Dec. 11.

Toxicology test results that investigators were waiting for have also come back and have yielded no conclusive information, according to a press release Ypsilanti police sent out Tuesday.

Up to this point, few new details have become available since the autopsy in December determined there were no signs of trauma on Niswender’s body, but there were indicators of possible foul play.

“The Police Department recognizes and understands the public’s interest in this death investigation, and Ypsilanti police detectives, the Michigan State Police, and federal agencies continue to utilize all available tools and investigate all possible sources of information regarding this case,” according to the statement from Ypsilanti police.

Currently no suspects have been identified.

Police are again asking anyone with additional information or tips on this case to call Detective Sgt. Thomas Eberts at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

Officers were dispatched at about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 2012 to perform a welfare check on the student after her family and friends hadn’t heard from her in a couple days, according to the Ypsilanti Police Department. They located her body in her apartment at Peninsular Place apartments in the 1000 block of North Huron River Drive.

The repeating sound of an alarm clock and unanswered calls from her parents reportedly led to the request for police.

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