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911 call reporting disappearance of Tucker Hipps released

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) - Clemson University Police released the 911 call made on Monday by a friend of Tucker Hipps several hours after he disappeared while on a run with other pledges in his fraternity before he was found dead.

According to Oconee County deputies, a group of Sigma Phi Epsilon pledges went on a voluntary run early Monday morning but when the group returned to campus, they were missing Hipps. 

Hipps' body was later found in Lake Hartwell near the Highway 93 bridge that the group ran over. Deputies said some reported seeing Hipps lag behind the group, but no one saw what happened to him or how he ended up in the water between approximately 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Later in the day, a friend of Hipps called Clemson University's 911 dispatch asking if they had picked him up. The records office said the call was made at 1:29 p.m. and police said they filed a report and began their search for Hipps at 1:45 p.m.

A police officer found Hipps' body in the water about 3:30 p.m. and since then, deputies said they have spoken with more than 50 people, including the 30 pledges and brothers on the run with him. Watt said investigators worked late into Wednesday night and are re-interviewing witnesses they already spoke with and are checking out tips that have come in from the public, including people who saw the group running.

Watt said investigators are not ruling anything out and are looking into the possibility that Hipps may have tried to jump from one span of the bridge to the other where it crosses the Seneca River and other possibilities to find out what happened. 

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released an additional statement on Thursday regarding the investigation, saying they do not have a timetable as to when the investigation will be completed or more information released. Read his full statement here.

Deputies are urging anyone who saw anything that morning, no matter how minor they think it was, to call the sheriff's office at 864-638-4111.

READ MORE: Continuing coverage of death investigation, statewide response to student's death

The 911 call is transcribed below. Listen to part one and part two.

Caller: Hi I'm calling to see if early this morning or some point today, y'all picked up a 19-year-old guy around here. He's like my buddy, I'm looking for him.

911: We haven't arrested anyone today.

Caller: No not like an arrest, like picked him up.

911: What do you mean picked up?

Caller: I don't know, I mean, like off the side of the road or something.

911: No we don't just pick someone up off the side of the road. Only thing we do is if we have an arrest or have to send a medics out to somebody.

Caller: OK.

911: Where was the last place you've seen your buddy?

Caller: Uh we went for a run this morning.

911: Does he live on campus?

Caller: No he lives in Aspen Heights, but we went to his house but he wasn't there so we're trying to find him.

911: Did you try his classes or roommates? 

Caller: Yea.

911: Was he sick or anything?

Caller: No, yeah I don't know. We didn't think he was or anything. We haven't filed a report yet, but I just called to see if you could help us out a little bit.

911: Have you called Clemson city to see if he has been arrested or picked up there? 

Caller: No see he wouldn't be arrested for anything, that's like not even a question.

911: Have you called Clemson city to see if their medics picked up anybody? 

Caller: No I was going to do that next.

911: Or if they picked up anybody walking?

Caller: No I was going to do that next.

911: Where is Aspen Heights?

Caller: Down 123, no it's down Old Greenville Highway, down past Bi-Lo.

911: OK, OK, I know what you're talking about. Call Clemson city, let me transfer you to Clemson city. And you can find out if they had called medics to pick up anybody in case he could have been sick or anyone else saw him or gave him a ride somewhere.

Caller: The weird thing. I have, he left his phone at my place, his truck keys and everything. We have everything. We have no idea where he is.

911: Was he depressed?

Caller: No, no, no, not at all.

911: Nothing like that?

Caller: No we just think, like there was a group of us, we thought everybody made it back and we realized till like late, we, um, we have all his stuff.

911: When was the last time you saw him?

Caller: When we were running.

911: This morning?

Caller: Yea.

911: Were you running on campus or off campus?

Caller: We started on campus and we like went across, we went down, um what is that road called - Old Greenville Highway, I guess it's Old Greenville Highway too.. We were going toward Seneca down by the lake, we were just running down that road and we like went to the bridge and came back.

911: OK on Highway 93 like going to the YMCA area?

Caller: Yea.

911: He was still with you then?

Caller: Yea.

911: Then you came back?

Caller: Yea.

911: And then where was the last point you saw him?

Caller: When we were running. Someone said he was like, he was running with us, he was like, they said he was there and we got back. We thought, we thought everybody made it back but we didn't, I didn't. I didn't realize he wasn't back. I thought he was. We were like 'Where is he? Where is he?' No one knows where he is. I still have his cell phone, his car keys, truck, everything.911: Did you back track?

Caller: Yea we went and we ran the entire area. We went to the woods and everything.

911: And no signs of him?

Caller: No.

911: What is his name? That we in case we get a medic call or anything.

Caller: I don't really want to do a report yet.

911: No I'm not saying a report, I am saying if I have to dispatch out medics because he was sick somewhere. I have to know that if we need to contact you.

Caller: OK well his name is Tucker Hipps.

The call continues with the caller giving dispatch his name then being transferred to Clemson city dispatch.

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