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Search continues for missing USC student

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a missing University of South Carolina student.

A missing person’s report was filed just before 1 p.m. Saturday for Samuel Laundon, 19. He was last seen in the Olympia area of Columbia between Georgia Street and Rivers Edge apartments off Huger Street. He was wearing a green t-shirt, white shorts, blue jacket, and black shoes.

Sam Laundon – RCSD photo.

Anyone who has any information or may know of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

A unit in a helicopter was expected to perform an aerial search, Sunday afternoon, of the area where the 19-year-old was last reported seen.

The RCSD conducted a K-9 search, Saturday, and a search on foot. Searchers have also used an aerial drone in the Olympia area between Georgia Street and Rivers Edge apartments off Huger Street.

According to the RCSD, Laundon was walking home with friends in the Olympia-Granby area when they got lost around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Laundon jumped a fence in hopes of reaching his destination faster. When his friends called a ride-share service to take them home, Laundon declined to join them.