Julia Niswender homicide: Police have 'exhausted' leads in EMU student's death
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There are now two unsolved homicides involving college students in Washtenaw County.
Months before University of Michigan medical student Paul DeWolf was found dead from a single gunshot inside his room at a fraternity, Eastern Michigan University journalism student Julia Niswender was found drowned in a bathtub in an "unnatural position" at her Ypsilanti apartment, according to police.
Police don't think the cases are at all connected, but investigations continue in both. Each have cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. As Ann Arbor police track down leads in the DeWolf case, however, the Niswender case seems to be at a standstill.
Ypsilanti police did not wish to comment further.
The last major announcement in the Niswender case came in April, when police confirmed that when the 23-year-old woman was found Dec. 11 at her off-campus apartment in Peninsular Place, she was in the bathtub in an "unnatural position" and that the cause of death was asphyxiation from drowning.
Family members have said that the apartment door was locked and that there were no signs of sexual assault or struggle, but that the apartment was in disarray and a few items were missing.
The case was investigated as a homicide from the beginning.
"This case has always been and will continue to be a homicide," Ypsilanti police Chief Amy Walker told AnnArbor.com in April. "... There won't be a stone unturned."
Police interviewed more than 100 individuals from areas ranging from Ohio to the Upper Peninsula in the case with no luck in developing a suspect.
A $10,000 reward continues to be offered by the Duvall Group Investigations PLLC for more information regarding Niswender's death. Individuals with information are being asked to contact the Michigan State Police at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or the Ypsilanti Police Department at 734-483-9510.