Student Samantha Josephson died after getting in wrong car thinking it was an Uber ride.
Her devastated father, Seymour Josephson, said: "I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten."
The 21-year-old went missing in Columbia, South Carolina early on Friday, and on Saturday morning USC's president confirmed that the senior political science major is dead.
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death," wrote President Harris Pastides in a statement.
Samantha, originally from, Robinsville, New Jersey, had been out with friends.
And they saw her get into a black Chevy Impala she believed was her Uber.
However, the car was not her Uber and her actual driver cancelled when she missed her pickup.
"It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart. I could continue to write about her but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this," her father continued.
Samantha was last seen at around 2am on Friday, when she was leaving after a night out with a group of friends in the Five Points area.
Throughout Friday, Samantha's friends and family were unable to get in touch with her and an urgent search was launched.
Surveillance images released by the Columbia Police Department show the student before she disappeared.
She is seen wearing an orange shirt and black pants, and talking on the phone.
The surveillance cameras also captured images of the car she got into by mistake, a black Chevy Impala.
No information has been released about where Samantha's body was found, or her cause of death.
Police are seeking information from the public about the car and its driver.