Investigation determines murdered EMU student was drowned in own bathtub

YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) - Family members are telling 7 Action News that police have determined an Eastern Michigan University student whose body was found in her locked bedroom in December was murdered.

Twenty-three-year-old Julia Niswender was apparently drowned in her bathtub. Her Family says Ypsilanti Police told them she was not sexually assaulted. Her apartment was reportedly disheveled and some things were missing.

"Honestly, I don't know why anybody would do this to her...she never had any enemies," said Julia's twin Jennifer Niswender. "It's hard to adjust to being-- what they call a 'singleton'-- when you lose your twin, but I live every day for her..."

At the time of her death, police would only say the way she was found was "unusual."

Police believe that after Niswender was killed, whoever murdered her simply left and locked the door.

Since Nisewender's body was found, police have questioned 100 people.

A private investigator, who is a friend of the family, is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that would lead to an arrest and charges in Niswender's case. If you have any information regarding this case, call 734-483-9510.


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