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Body of Missing USC Student Found Floating in a River Channel

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The body of a USC student who went missing 11 days ago was found floating in a river channel this week.

Elgin Stafford was a 23-year-old USC graduate student working on a master's degree in public policy when he went missing from his home in Carson on March 20, according to The Daily Trojan. When sheriff's deputies sent out an alert about Stafford's disappearance, it said that he wasn't known to have any medical problems but he had been exhibiting erratic behavior behavior he went missing.

On Thursday afternoon, a passer-by discovered his badly-decomposed body floating in the Dominguez Channel in Carson, according to The Daily Breeze. It wasn't clear immediately whether his death was an accident or homicide, but homicide detectives are investigating.

USC Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson issued a statement this morning to The Daily Trojan:

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“We are very sad to learn about the death of Elgin Stafford. He was an important member of the Trojan Family and our hearts and prayers go out to his family. Every student is very precious to us and has great potential. We are sorry that Elgin’s life journey has ended in such a tragic way. We will do our best to support his family, friends and the Annenberg school community during this difficult period.”