Coyote Village investigation continues

No charges have yet been filed against the former University of South Dakota student whose room contents led to a partial evacuation of Coyote Village last week.

Clay County state's attorney Teddi Gertsema said she is waiting on more information from the Division of Criminal Investigation, which is conducting the investigation.

"I talked to them, and I kind of sent them out to check on a couple more things," Gertsema said. "I still don't have the reports in."

Gertsema said Clay County and DCI will most likely issue a joint press release when the investigation is complete.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Coyote Village staff members were checking a room that had been vacated by a former student when they uncovered items "possibly considered explosive in nature," said Phil Carter, manager of media relations for the university.

Campus police and the Vermillion Police Department were notified, and authorities from Sioux Falls – along with a "bomb squad" vehicle – appeared on the scene that same night.

Carter said last week that although there did not appear to be an immediate threat, several rooms affecting approximately 20 students were evacuated as a safety precaution.

That same night, a sophomore on the Rutgers-Newark campus in Newark, NJ, was arrested on charges that include theft, and possession of fireworks and a prohibited weapon.

Elan Haba, 19, was brought to the attention of the New Jersey authorities by USD officials after a connection linking him to the Coyote Village student was discovered.

A dorm on the Rutgers-Newark campus was evacuated while the FBI searched for further potentially hazardous substances relating to Haba.

According to the Associated Press, Haba was released on a summons by Feb. 8.

– The Associated Press

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