Authorities investigate after body found in Lake Hartwell

Oconee Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Authorities are investigating after a body was found in Lake Hartwell.

Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King said a possible drowning was reported just after 7 a.m. Monday near the Highway 123 bridge.

Coroner Karl Addis said the body is believed to be that of a Clemson University graduate student who committed suicide.

Addis said it appears the 22-year-old man jumped from the Norfolk Southern trestle that crosses the Seneca River.

The death is under investigation by the coroner’s office, Oconee County Sheriff’s Department, Clemson Police Department and Clemson University Police.