Hipps case turned over to unsolved crimes investigation unit


Tenth Circuit Court Solicitor Chrissy Adams announced Tuesday that the investigation into the death of Clemson student Tucker Hipps is at a standstill and the case is being assigned to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office unsolved crimes investigation unit.

According to a statement released by the solicitor’s office, The Oconee Sheriff’s Office and SLED have interviewed and re-interview potential witnesses, reviewed videos from Clemson University and from businesses along the route of the run as well as phone records/text messages from multiple individuals. According to the release, “Every possible explanation for Tucker Hipps’ tragic death has been explored.”

The release also states an expert forensic pathologist has been consulted in order to determine what kind of event would have resulted in Hipps’ injuries.

“All students on the run are claiming that they have no knowledge of how Tucker Hipps could have fallen to his death and that no one saw Tucker Hipps go off the bridge and fall to his death. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and SLED have worked diligently and have exhausted all leads that have been receive as of this date, the release states.

Law enforcement is at a standstill and unable to go forward until such time that additional credible leases are received and be investigated.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or to speak directly with an investigator call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-718-1052.

“Tucker Hipps’ death is a terrible tragedy,” stated Solicitor Adams. “This young man will not, and must not be forgotten. His family deserves answers. His family and those who knew him and loved him deserve to know the circumstances surrounding his untimely death. I can only hope and pray that anyone with information will find the strength to come forward, for the sake of the family and in Tucker’s memory.”