Deputies and the dive team were back out along Lake Hartwell near the Highway 93 bridge where Clemson University student Tucker Hipps was found dead in September.
Oconee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jimmy Watt said officers were back on the scene Friday morning as part of the continuing investigation into Hipps' death, but he said they could not release any further any information about what they were doing. The team was gone by 10:15 a.m.
Deputies said 19-year-old Hipps was found dead about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 by a Clemson University police officer near the bridge. He was reported missing by his fraternity earlier in the day after he was last seen on a fraternity pledge run about 6 a.m., according to deputies.
Coroner Karl Addis said Hipps' cause of death was due to a head injury consistent with an unsupported fall. He said the manner of death is pending investigation and would not release further information until the sheriff's office investigation is complete.
Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released a statement saying there has been no indication in the investigation that hazing played a part in Hipps' death. He emphasized the investigation is ongoing and asked anyone who may have seen something on the bridge or who has any information to call 864-638-4111.
Hipps was laid to rest Sunday where friends, family, students and many more gathered at Rock Springs Baptist Church to pay their respects.
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