Originally created 06/04/06

Callers send in tips on suspect



GREENVILLE, S.C. - More than 100 calls came into a dedicated tip line for information about a man suspected of strangling a Clemson University student with a bikini top, but no arrests have been made, Upstate officials said Saturday.

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office has logged about 120 calls on the May 26 death of 20-year-old Tiffany Marie Souers, of Ladue, Mo., at her off-campus apartment. The calls came in less than 24 hours after the hot line was set up Friday.

"Law enforcement is continuing to work extremely hard on this case," prosecutor Bob Ariail said in a news release Saturday. "We are very encouraged by the large response and urge those who may know something to come forward."

Investigators said Friday they were looking for a young white man who might have acted in a sexually aggressive manner. Mr. Ariail described Ms. Souers' death as a sexually motivated crime but has not said she was raped.

Sheriff David Stone said many calls were from people who had been involved in domestic violence cases.

"A lot of times, you have a person that's had a domestic call and they've separated or divorced or whatever, and they'll call and give this name that I got beat up by him or her," Sheriff Stone told The Greenville News. "It's things like that right now."

Investigators say they think the man, who tried to use Ms. Souers' bank card at two cash machines within hours of her death, is still near the university in the northwest corner of the state.