Mizzou hires Clayton firm to look at swimmer’s death

Mizzou hires Clayton firm to look at swimmer’s death

In this 2010 photo provided by the University of Missouri Athletic Department is Sasha Menu Courey. The Canadian family of former University of Missouri school swimmer says the school and its athletics department failed to properly investigate her alleged off-campus rape by as many as three football players in 2010. Menu Courey struggled with mental illness and committed suicide 16 months later. Photo: University Of Missouri Athletic Department

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 1:13 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri has hired a Clayton-based law firm to conduct an investigation about the school’s handling of the 2011 suicide of former swimmer Sasha Menu Courey.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Dowd Bennett Law Firm is scheduled to report its findings to the University of Missouri Board of Curators April 11.

The board announced Friday that none of the five lawyers working on the case are former employees or alumni.

University leaders say they didn’t learn about a purported sexual assault against Menu Courey until she committed suicide 16 months later. They said they followed the law and didn’t have specific knowledge of the incident or a victim to interview. The case has since been referred to Columbia police.

 

 

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