UPDATE: Family of missing USC student found dead start fundraise - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

UPDATE: Family of missing USC student found dead start fundraiser to bring body back to US

Seth Thomas was last seen when he left for a hike in Peru on Friday. (Source: Janet Thomas) Seth Thomas was last seen when he left for a hike in Peru on Friday. (Source: Janet Thomas)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A University of South Carolina student who is on a trip in Peru was found dead from a hiking accident, according to university officials.

Seth Thomas' family has now established a fundraiser so that his body can be brought home for burial. 

On Sunday, USC said in a statement that Thomas was working in a clinical program through Augusta University with a Peruvian non-profit to improve women’s health.

The university sent the following statement, confirming his death: 

University of South Carolina 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. Seth was in Peru working with a Peruvian non-profit to improve women's health in a clinical program through Augusta University.

Officials said Thomas left to go on a hike on Friday and never returned.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Seth's father asked for prayers. 

Thomas' family has started a fundraiser asking for help in bringing his body back for burial. If you'd wish to donate, click here. The family has requested privacy at this time. 

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