College student slain after mistaking a vehicle for her Uber ride

Police say they found the woman's body in a

Police say they found the woman's body in a"very rural area outside of Columbia South Carolina and over the weekend spotted the suspect's car found blood in the vehicle that matched the victim and arrested the driver

Columbia, South Carolina police said Josephson got into a black Chevrolet Impala she thought was her Uber ride early Friday morning after leaving the Bird Dog bar in the city's Five Points area.

Family and friends will gather for a candlelight vigil in honor of 21-year-old University of SC student Samantha Josephson Tuesday night. Turkey hunters found the 21-year-old's body in a field 90 miles from Columbia more than half a day later.

The Law Enforcement Division cited an autopsy report from the Clarendon County coroner.

Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, has been arrested on charges of murder and kidnapping in connection with Josephson's death, Holbrook said. "She opened the door and got into it and departed with the suspect driving".

"I've never really paid much attention to who I'm getting in the vehicle with, so this is definitely a wake-up call", she said. Her roommates grew anxious the next morning.

"She had, in fact, summoned an Uber ride", Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said, according to USA Today.

"No matter which carrier you're with, if you turn on your location, you can have your family members track you and see exactly where you are", she said.

After she never arrived home, her roommates became concerned and contacted authorities. So she jumped into a similar-looking vehicle.

"I had a passenger tell me their driver ended up picking somebody else up because the person saw an Uber pull up and made a decision to get in", said Wolgast.

Police say that they found her cellphone, along with her blood, inside of Rowland's vehicle. Blood was also found in the car's trunk, Holbrook said.

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Investigators also found a container of liquid bleach, germicidal wipes and window cleaner in the auto, Holbrook said. His next court date is April 22.

CNN reached out to Uber Saturday, but the company declined to comment.

The murder of a University of SC student is raising questions about what rideshare users can do to maximize their safety when using apps like Uber and Lyft.

Josephson had worked at the Liberty Tap Room, a nearby brewery and grill, for several months, according to a manager.

Samantha Josephson is pictured in this undated photo released by Columbia Police Department. The flier highlights a specific drop-off and pick-up zone, and advises riders to cross streets at crosswalks, put down their phones and avoid excessive alcohol consumption.

The issue of fake Uber drivers is particularly acute on college campuses, full of tech-savvy students who often use Uber and Lyft as a way to get around, especially when drinking alcohol.

"Peggy and I are devastated and crushed over the Josephson family losing their handsome daughter Samantha. We remain focused on raising public awareness about this incredibly important issue".

At a court hearing for the 24-year-old Rowland on Sunday, Marci Josephson was emotional as she read a statement, in which she said, "I cannot fathom how someone could randomly select a person, a lovely girl, and steal her life away ..." He attended at a candle light vigil Sunday on the SC campus.

A GoFundMe with a goal of $5,000 was created to help the family with funeral and memorial costs but had already raised more than $50,000 as of Monday.

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