Missouri approves outside look at swimmer's death

Jan 30, 2014

Sasha Menu Courey
Credit MU file photo

University of Missouri curators have agreed to hire an outside law firm to review the school's handling of a former varsity swimmer's 2011 suicide.

The nine-member governing board voted late Wednesday to approve system President Tim Wolfe's request for an independent legal inquiry in the case. No firm has been selected, but the university expects a report to be complete for the next Board of Curators meeting on April 11th.

University leaders say they didn't learn about the purported attack until after Menu Courey 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.