Missing USC student found dead in Peru

A University of South Carolina student who went missing in Peru on a trip coordinated by Augusta University has been found dead.

 

USC issued a statement Sunday night:

“… Officials have been informed by U.S. and Peruvian officials that the body of Seth Thomas, a second year medical student, has been found. While specific details are not available at this time, indications are that he died in a hiking accident.”

Thomas was in Peru working with a Peruvian non-profit to improve women’s health in a clinical program through Augusta University. USC had said earlier that Thomas went for a hike alone on Friday and hadn’t been seen since.

“It is so tragic that someone who was dedicating his life to help those in need was taken from us before he could achieve his life’s dreams,” said USC President Harris Pastides.

The statement said USC was in contact with the Thomas family “to offer our full support during their time of need,” and that counselors would be available on campus for students, faculty and staff.

 

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