The University of Missouri has turned a sexual assault case involving a former student athlete over to Columbia police after an ESPN story on the incident.
MU officials said in a press release early Sunday ESPNâ??s Outside the Lines brought new information to light about Sasha Menu Courey, a member of the university swim team who was allegedly sexually assaulted by one or more football players in February 2010. According to ESPNâ??s story, Menu Courey stayed at University Hospital for one night that April and later began meeting regularly with counselors on campus. She took her own life on June 17, 2011.
University officials said they were previously unable to investigate because Menu Courey and her parents never brought a complaint and there was little additional information about the incident. They said based on the ESPN story, the assault happened off-campus and was therefore within the Columbia Police Departmentâ??s jurisdiction. A letter released by MU and dated January 28, 2013 asks her parents if they have any additional information and if they wanted an investigation to occur, but officials say her parents never responded.
Officials say MUPD turned information from the story over to the Columbia Police Department late Saturday night. Columbia police declined to comment on the story.