A University of South Carolina Medical School student who vanished in South America’s Andes Mountains was found dead over the weekend, school officials announced.
Seth Thomas apparently died from a hiking collision, WIS reported. The second-year medical student was on a medical outreach mission trip in Peru when he disappeared during a hike Friday afternoon.
It is so tragic that someone who was dedicating his life to aid those in need was taken from us before he could attain his lifes daydreams, USC President Harris Pastides said in a statement.
Thomas father, Heyward, asked for prayers on Facebook when he was informed that his son was missing. Local investigators and pals searched for Seths body.
Heyward posted on Facebook Sunday night that Seth was hiking up to a cross on a mountain in Cuzco on Friday. He added, Seth fell off a cliff near the cross. It could be that it had gotten dark or he lost his footing.
The student was working to improve womens health in a clinical program at a Peruvian non-profit. The program was through Augusta University.
The 24 -year-old was scheduled to return to the United States next week.
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