In a news release issued by the Ypsilanti Police Department on Tuesday, the death of 23-year-old Julia Niswender has been ruled a homicide.
Niswender’s body was found in December in her locked bedroom in her off-campus apartment in the Peninsular Place complex. Her roommates said they hadn’t seen her in at least a day. Police say they have no suspect’s at this time.
The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office had been waiting toxicology results before ruling on the manner of death. Police said today that it was ruled a homicide. No other additional details were released.
“The Police Department recognizes and understands the public’s interest in this death investigation, and Ypsilanti police detectives, the Michigan Sate Police, and federal agencies continue to use all available tools and investigate all possible sources of information regarding this case,” police said in the release.
Family, friends and educators have described Niswender as a vivacious, hardworking student who had a job at Meijer in Monroe for eight years. The 2008 graduate of Monroe Community College was double majoring in communications and electronic media and film at EMU.