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Sheriff releases statement on death of Clemson student

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Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released a second statement on the investigation into the death of Tucker Hipps on Thursday: 


“We are continuing with the investigation this morning into the death of Tucker Hipps. Deputies worked late into the night last night following up on witness statements that were made in the wake of Tucker's death. So far, we have interviewed approximately 50 individuals, including all the runners who were involved with Tucker in the early Monday morning run.”


“As speculation has and does continue into Tucker's death, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office has released all the information that we can into the investigation without compromising the integrity of the investigation and that of the victim and the victim's family. With that in mind, the Sheriff's Office will not be releasing any further information regarding our investigation until such a time as we are able to share with Tucker's family and the public the results of that investigation.”

“Right now, we do not have a timetable as to when that investigation will be completed or when we will be able to release the facts in the case. We hope to do that as soon as possible but as I mentioned, the investigation is ongoing and we are still following up on leads and information in the case.”

“We are still asking that anyone that may have been traveling along Highway 93 and the Seneca River Bridge area between 5:30am and 6am Monday morning to call the Oconee County Sheriff's Office is they saw anything at that time. You can contact the Sheriff's Office at 864-638-4111 to provide your information. We have had numerous individuals come forward to share information that they have and we appreciate the public's assistance as we try to determine what caused Tucker's death on Monday.”

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released an initial statement on the investigation into the death of Tucker Hipps on Tuesday: 

"There has been speculation and innuendo, especially on social media, regarding whether hazing played a part in the death of Tucker Hipps."

"So far, there has been no indication in the Oconee County Sheriff's Office investigation that hazing played a part in the death of Tucker Hipps. Once again, the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff's Investigators continue to work with Clemson University, the Clemson University Police Department and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity to determine the manner of death in this case."

"We are also asking that anyone that may have been traveling along Highway 93 and the Seneca River Bridge area between 5:30am and 6am yesterday morning to call the Oconee County Sheriff's Office is they saw anything at that time. You can contact the Sheriff's Office at 864-638-4111 to provide your information."


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