Autopsy inconclusive in CCU student’s death

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJanuary 22, 2014 

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Further testing is needed to determine the cause of a Coastal Carolina University student’s death, but it was not a homicide, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

Michael James Rath, 21, a freshman from Rye, N.Y., was found by friends on the sofa in his apartment at University Place around noon Wednesday, Edge said.

An autopsy performed Thursday showed Rath was not harmed by anyone, Edge said, and his death was not a homicide.

Testing to determine the exact cause will take at least three weeks.

The State Law Enforcement Division is handling the investigation.

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