Authorities said the death of the man who was found Sunday outside a University of South Carolina parking garage isn’t seen as foul play, and is considered to be a suicide.
“This is considered a suicide, that’s what everything points to,” said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, adding the man in his mid 30s wasn’t a USC student.
Watts said the cause of death was trauma associated from a fall off an upper floor of the parking garage, which is a five-story building.
The body was discovered about 12:30 or 1 p.m. outside the parking garage at Blossom and Bull streets, Watts said. The garage is near the city’s Maxcy Gregg Park, just west of Five Points.
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“This is not seen as foul play,” said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry, adding SLED is leading the investigation.
Anytime there’s a death on campus, even if it doesn’t involve a student, SLED takes over the investigation.
This is the second time in the past 16 months a body was discovered outside the parking garage. A Columbia man in his mid 20s was found outside the garage in May of 2015.
Watts said that was also considered a suicide. The autopsy found that man sustained blunt force injuries to the head consistent with a fall from a significant height.