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University of SC student reported missing in Peru

26 June 2017, 05:06 | Gladys Abbott

UPDATE | Body of USC medical student found after he went missing in Peru

University of South Carolina student reported missing in Peru

The body of a missing man has been found in South America, according to a USC spokesperson.

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

USC spokesman Wes Hickman told news outlets on Saturday that Seth Thomas, a second-year medical student, is believed to have died because of a hiking accident. "USC officials are aware that Seth did not return from a hike on Friday and are working with the Thomas family, Augusta University, the Peruvian clinic, US and Peruvian government officials and local authorities".

Seth Thomas, 24, was working in Peru through a clinical program at Augusta University.

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The U.S. Embassy in Peru was assisting in the search efforts. The University of South Carolina, Augusta University, U.S. and Peruvian government officials are working along with Thomas' family to gather information. They say police, canines, and more are searching on the mountain.

The University of SC is offering counseling to those affected by Thomas' death.

News 12 NBC 26 has reached out to Augusta University and the University of SC for more information.

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