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Coroner: Clemson student likely took cyanide

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CENTRAL, SC (WYFF) - A Clemson student found dead Wednesday morning likely took cyanide, according to the Pickens County coroner.

Coroner Kandy Kelley said that it will take six to eight weeks for the laboratory to confirm that it was cyanide that the student used to take his own life.

Investigators have not said how the student acquired cyanide, but Kelley said it is available over the Internet.

The student's death caused a hazardous materials team to be called to The Summit at Cross Creek apartments in Central early Wednesday morning.

Central Police Chief Kerry Avery said that messages the student had left for a counselor led them to believe that a dangerous substance was used in the student's death that could have posed a risk to others.

The apartment unit where the student's body was found was closed off and his roommate was not permitted to reenter the apartment during the investigation.

Avery said, "It could have been a very volatile situation. Things come in different forms -- liquid, solid, gas -- and if it would have been something that as airborne or a gas -- then you're looking at having to evacuate a real large area just to secure it off so there's nobody else that gets hurt."

The identity of the student has not yet been released pending notification of the family.

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