UPDATE (3/30/2019): Authorities have confirmed that Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old student from South Carolina, was found dead. Josephson had been reported missing after last being seen by her friends in the early hours of the morning on Friday, March 29.
“Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death,” USC President Harris Pastides wrote in a statement, via The State. “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.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old student at the University of South Carolina, has been reported missing. According to WLTX in Columbia, police are asking for help to locate the student who was last seen with her friends on Friday, March 29 between 1:30-2:00 a.m. local time at The Bird Dog bar.
Friends were concerned when Josephson never returned home and was failing to answer her phone.
Josephson is described as being 5-foot-7 with long brown hair and brown eyes, and weighing approximately 145 pounds. She was seen on surveillance video entering a dark vehicle, which reports say may have been a newer model Chevy Impala. Josephson was spotted on camera around 2:00 a.m. which is around when her friends last saw her.
Investigators are currently reviewing video to determine the last location she was seen.
“Missing Person Alert: 21-year-old Samantha Josephson was last seen by friends at 715 Harden St. b/w 1:30 & 2:00 this morning,” an alert from the Columbia Police Department read. “Loved ones have not been able to make contact with her since. They’re worried about her well-being and safety.”
If you’ve seen Josephson or know of her whereabouts, authorities ask that you place a call to Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.