January 24, 2018

South Carolina medical student dies in Peru hiking accident

26 June 2017, 05:05 | Doyle Barker

South Carolina medical student dies in Peru hiking accident

South Carolina medical student dies in Peru hiking accident

USA and Peruvian officials told USC officials that they found the Thomas' body.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WJBF) - A University of SC medical student working through a clinical program at Augusta University is missing in South America.

School officials say it appears Thomas died in a hiking accident.

Thomas had been working with a Peruvian nonprofit to improve women's health in a clinical program through Augusta University.

The University of SC is offering counseling to those affected by Thomas' death. He says the 24-year-old was last seen Friday afternoon while on a hike in the Andes Mountains.

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The university is also in contact with Thomas' family and said that counselors would be made available on campus for students, faculty and staff.

The U.S. Embassy in Peru was assisting in the search efforts.

Mountain rescue crews began searching for Thomas after he did not return eight hours after he had left.

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

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