Samantha Josephson, missing USC student, ‘no longer with us’


Missing University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson has died, her father shared via social media.

On Saturday morning, Josephson’s father posted on Facebook that Samantha “is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten.”

“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,” Seymour Josephson 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.”

Seymour Josephson’s Facebook post had more than 4,000 interactions, including 900 comments, by 9 a.m.

No other new details about the case were early available Saturday.

The Columbia Police Department announced that Josephson, a 21-year-old senior, missing on Friday, urging people to call with information about her or the black Chevy Impala she was last seen getting into.

According to police, Josephson was last seen by friends between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Friday at 715 Harden St. in Five Points.

“When she didn’t show up at her downtown residence and didn’t answer repeated phone calls, her friends became concerned and notified CPD,” police said in a statement.

A group of friends were in Five Points on Friday night, showing Josephson’s photo to people and asking if they’d seen her. Jordyn Spencer, one of those friends, said they believed that Josephson got into the wrong vehicle after calling for a ride share service.

“We’re making sure everyone is checking their (ride share service car) before they get in,” Spencer said.

Word about the missing University of South Carolina senior spread quickly on social media.

Josephson was a senior political science major, set to graduate in May, Spencer said. She was preparing to go to Drexel University law school in Philadelphia.


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