Missing University of South Carolina student from North Carolina found dead near quarry

Samuel Laundon

Samuel Laundon

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials say a University of South Carolina student who went missing over the weekend has been found dead near a quarry after a two-day search.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said rescue crews in Columbia found a body matching the description of Samuel Laundon on Sunday.

Coroner Gary Watts confirmed Monday the body belonged to the 19-year-old sophomore from Cary, North Carolina.

Police said Laundon was last seen at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday walking with friends in a neighborhood near the campus. Officials said the group got lost and Laundon jumped a fence.

The university’s president said counseling services would be available to the campus community.

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