Missing USC Student Samantha Josephson ‘Is No Longer With Us:’ Father

March 30, 2019 Updated: March 31, 2019

Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old University of South Carolina (USC) student from Robbinsville, N.J., was confirmed dead on Saturday morning, March 30.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning,” USC president Harris Pastides said in a statement addressing the Carolina family. “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.”

A Facebook post written earlier in the day by Samantha Josephson, Samantha’s father, also confirmed the sad news.

“Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten,” he wrote.

“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,” read the post.

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…

Seymour Josephson 发布于 2019年3月30日周六

Samantha was a senior political science major at USC, WAFB-TV reported.

Both USC and her father didn’t elaborate on her disappearance or cause of death.

According to the Columbia Police Department (CPD), Samantha was last seen by friends at 715 Harden Street between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. in the morning of March 29.

“Loved ones have not been able to make contact with her since. They’re worried about her well-being & safety,” CPD said in a Twitter post.

CPD also posted a picture of Samantha when she was last seen on Harden Street talking on the phone.

Special Victims Unit investigators from CPD believe that Samantha was seen getting into a dark-colored, newer model Chevy Impala along Harden Street shortly after 2:00 a.m. on the day she was reported missing.

The police department didn’t confirm Samantha’s death at the time of this publication.

In his statement, Pastides encouraged USC students to travel in groups and stay together in his statement.

“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,” he said.