GREENVILLE, S.C. – University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, who was reported missing early Friday, has been found dead, USC President Harris Pastides said in a statement Saturday.
“Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death,” Pastides said. “Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort. However, I take solace that the Carolina Family is here to embrace those who are hurting.”
The 21-year-old was last seen by friends around 1:30 or 2 a.m. Friday in the Five Points area of Columbia, S.C., according to police. Police said she was seen getting into a black Chevy Impala on Harden Street just after 2 a.m.
Josephson’s father, Seymour Josephson, spoke about his daughter’s death publicly via a Facebook post early Saturday morning.
“It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this!” he wrote. “I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten. It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart. I could continue to write about her but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this.”
According to a report by The State, a group of Josephson’s friends were looking for her in Five Points Friday night. Jordyn Spencer, one of those friends, told The State that they believe Josephson got into the wrong vehicle after calling for a ride share service.
Josephson was a senior at USC majoring in political science, Spencer told The State, and from Robbinsville, New Jersey.
She is the third USC student to die this week. Parker Neff, a USC Salkehatchie baseball player from Travelers Rest, died Friday after collapsing on the field. Another student died by suicide on Monday, according to a report from The State.
“It has been a difficult week for our extended Carolina family,” Pastides said in his statement. “The loss of a student is never easy but this has been a particularly painful few days as we have experienced loss on several of our campuses. As a family, let’s continue to pray for all the families experiencing heartache and grief this week.”
Contributing: Ken Serrano, Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press
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