Statement from Clemson University regarding student death
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the death of Clemson University student Tucker Hipps, whose body was found by university police in Hartwell Lake near the Highway 93 bridge.
Tucker was participating in an early-morning group activity run with fraternity members. He didn’t return from the run and wasn’t at breakfast, so they began looking for him. Members of the fraternity contacted the Clemson University Police Department to report him missing at 1:45 p.m. Monday.
A university police officer found his body in the lake near the Highway 93 bridge about 3:30 p.m. The case was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office at that point.
“We are cooperating and also conducting our own investigation,” said Gail DiSabatino, Clemson University vice president for student affairs.
“We’re terribly saddened by Tucker’s death,” she said. “It’s always tragic when someone so young and promising is lost. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
The university is providing grief counseling to students.