USC Student, 19, found dead in off-campus Columbia apartment


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old University of South Carolina student at an off-campus apartment.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Rachel R. Bandman of Glen Allen, Virginia, was found late Thursday afternoon by a roommate. Bandman was pronounced dead when emergency medical workers arrived.

The coroner said an autopsy Friday showed no signs of trauma. Watts said the cause of death will be determined after final toxicology studies are complete.

Columbia police said there was no sign her apartment had been broken into.

Bandman lived at The Hub, a 20-story building about five blocks from campus. The building’s website says it can only be accessed with a key card. Courtesy officers patrol the grounds and there are a number of high resolution security cameras.

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