Late USC Upstate student’s stolen truck found, family says

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — The family of a deceased USC Upstate student said his stolen truck has been found after a frantic search. 

Laurie Lee, the mother of Josh Lee, said her late son’s Chevrolet truck was stolen from a Spartanburg business. She said the family had taken the truck to an auto detailer for what would have been his birthday.

Josh was one of four USC Upstate students killed in a traffic accident in October 2015.

Laurie said they learned Josh’s 2003 Chevy was stolen on Monday morning.

She pled for anyone with tips to report it.

A police report says the business owner reported several items stolen on Monday morning. A Spartanburg police officer found hinges unscrewed from a gate and tire tracks over the gate, which was reportedly down on the ground, at the detailing business on King Line road in Spartanburg. 

A separate police report notes a vehicle was stolen. 

Laurie tells 7News the truck was found on Monday night. 

In a Facebook post, Laurie said she received a text that Josh’s truck was spotted near a motel on E. Main Street in Spartanburg. She said police later recovered the truck. 

There was no immediate word on any arrests. 

Laurie thanked the Spartanburg Police Department, community and others for their help. 

“I was reminded tonight to keep the faith. And faith is what got my (baby’s) truck back,” according to a Facebook post signed by Laurie and her husband Johnny. 

The theft came less than two months after the couple organized the Josh Lee Memorial 5K. 

The annual event honoring their son’s memory raised a record $56,000. 

USC Upstate said in a news release that proceeds from the race “support the USC Upstate track and field program and the Josh Lee Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was founded in 2015 to create transformative opportunities for student-athletes.”

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