Clemson University officials have identified a student who was found dead in her dorm this weekend.
School officials say they believe 18-year-old Stefanie Martin died of natural causes. The Pickens County Coroner’s Office said it conducted an autopsy Monday, but Coroner Kandy Kelley does not expect the results for a few weeks.
Kelley says the 18 year-old female student lived in Young Hall. The State Law Enforcement Division investigated the scene of her death, but say no foul play is suspected. “”We certainly offer our thoughts and prayers to the family, but from what we have seen this does not appear to be suspicious in nature,” spokesman Thom Berry said.
The school said in a release that Martin was a freshman engineering student whose family lives in Columbia.
It is at least the fifth death of a Clemson student this semester. Back in September, the Oconee County Coroner’s Office said 19-year-old Tucker Hipps died after falling off a bridge during an early morning run with a fraternity he was pledging. The circumstances of that death are still under investigation by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Just a week later, 20-year-old Kendall Wernet fell from the forward mast of a cruise ship while sailing near Miami. Two other students died of natural causes in August and September.
UPDATE (12/10) An obituary released by the Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia said Martin had been battling cancer. The obit also said she was a student at Spring Valley High School, where she ran track and cross country.