Police fail to identify suspect in swimmer's rape case (The Associated Press)

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Police said Wednesday they failed to identify a suspect and have closed their investigation of a former University of Missouri swimmer's claims she was raped by several football players, more than a year before her suicide drew sharp criticism about the university's handling of the matter. Columbia, Missouri, investigators of Sasha Menu Courey's claims ''encountered several obstacles'' that included the lack of DNA and video evidence, uncooperative witnesses and the elusiveness of firsthand accounts of how or where the alleged sexual attack took place, police spokeswoman Bryana Maupin said. Menu Courey, who grew up in Toronto, was 20 when she killed herself in June 2011 at a Boston psychiatric hospital after withdrawing midsemester from classes at Missouri. Before her death, she told health professionals bound by confidentiality that she had been sexually assaulted off-campus as a freshman at Missouri in February 2010 by as many as three football players.

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