President of the University of South Carolina Harris Pastides confirms that Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old student who went missing on Friday, is dead.
The President of USC, Harris Pastides broke the news on Saturday morning and in an official statement said, “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.”
Pastides adds, “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.”
It’s been an incredibly difficult week for our community. Read @HarrisPastides latest letter to @UofSCstudents: https://t.co/zEuemAzsdC pic.twitter.com/wcn67VC5HI
— University of South Carolina (@UofSC) March 30, 2019
Josephson’s Father, Seymour Josephson showed his grievance about his daughter’s loss and said “Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be for gotten.”
Authorities have not released many details about Josephson’s death but Columbia PD did say that Josephson’s was last seen by her friends on Harden Street between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Friday morning.
A surveillance video later shows Josephson getting into a vehicle at around 2:00 a.m. CPD investigators believe the vehicle to be a newer model Chevy Impala.
There are no other details about the suspect vehicle or where it went at this moment.
CPD has asked anyone with any information in relation to this case to come forward and call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.