University of South Carolina officials confirm the death of missing student

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A missing student from the University of South Carolina has been found dead, according to the university. 

School President Harris Pastides made confirmed the death of Samantha Josephson in a statement Saturday morning to our CBS affiliate WLTX.

Dear Carolina Family,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death. 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. 

As you make plans for the weekend, remember the tenets of Stand Up Carolina: look out for one another, be active bystanders. Travel in groups and stay together. If you have not already done so, download the RAVE Guardian safety app, set up your profile and learn how to use it.

It has been a difficult week for our extended Carolina family. 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.

Her father, Seymour Josephson wrote about the heartbreaking loss on his Facebook page. 

It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be for gotten. 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.

Police said Samantha Josephson was last seen by her friends between 1:30 – 2 a.m. Friday at 715 Harden Street in Columbia. 

The police department stated in a Tweet that the Special Victims Unit investigators believe that Josephson may have been seen getting into a newer model Chevy Impala near Harden Street shortly after 2 a.m. 

If you know anything about what happened to Samantha Josephson call 1-888-CRIME-SC

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