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Coroner: Death of Clemson grad student classified suicide after drowning in Lake Hartwell

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The coroner said the victim is believed to have jumped from the railroad trestle (FOX Carolina/ Sept. 4, 2017) The coroner said the victim is believed to have jumped from the railroad trestle (FOX Carolina/ Sept. 4, 2017)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Oconee County coroner said the death of a man whose body was found in Lake Hartwell Monday morning has been classified a suicide.

Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King said crews were called to a possible drowning around 7 a.m. near the 123 bridge between Clemson and Seneca.

King said one body was recovered from the water.

Coroner Karl Addis said the body was that of a 22-year-old international graduate student at Clemson University. The student has been identified, but the coroner is awaiting notification of next of kin before the identity is released. He said the student was from India.

Coroner Addis said a post-mortem exam revealed that the student died due to drowning. No physical injuries caused his death, he continued.

Addis said it appears the man jumped from the Norfolk Southern railroad trestle that crosses the river.

The death has been classified as a suicide by the coroner.

The coroner, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Clemson University Police, and SC Department of Natural Resources are investigating.

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