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Nathaniel David Rowland

Nathaniel David Rowland

A 25-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping and murdering a New Jersey woman who went missing in Columbia, South Carolina, after a night out with friends.

Mr Holbrook added: "Our hearts are broken".

As police were searching for Josephson, two turkey hunters about 70 miles away in Clarendon County were moving through a wooded field 40 feet off a dirt road when they discovered a body.

"What we know now is that she had, in fact, summoned an Uber ride and was waiting for that Uber ride to come". After she got into a stranger's vehicle, mistaking it for her Uber, the child safely locks were activated, preventing her from escaping, police said.

Josephson's boyfriend, Greg Corbishley said he saw a clear future with her and remembered their last conversation Thursday when she thanked him for letting her just be herself, AP reported.

"Our hearts are broken, they're broken".

"That is going to be my mission in life now: educating, getting that [message] out, and hopefully putting pressure on Uber and Lyft", he said, though he didn't say what he wants the companies to do differently. "It was gut-wrenching. This is personal to us". He faces charges of murder and kidnapping in connection with Josephson's death, Holbrook said.

Rowland remains in the Richland County jail at least until his bond hearing, a date for which has not been set. CNN has not determined if he has a lawyer yet.

Samantha Josephson

He attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by officers after a short chase.

Police are also questioning a female acquaintance of Rowland's who was in his vehicle at the time of his arrest, Timmons said.

Hunters found Josephson's body Friday afternoon just hours after it was dumped, despite being left in an area that was "very hard to get to unless you knew how to get there", Holbrook said.

Investigators said Nathaniel David Rowland killed Samantha Josephson, of Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, in the early hours of March 29 and dumped her body in a rural area outside Columbia. It was identified as Josephson's.

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 handsome girl, and steal her life away ..." At 3 a.m. Saturday, about 24 hours after Josephson's disappearance, a patrol officer spotted a black Impala two blocks from Five Points.

Columbia Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Timmons told The State newspaper another woman was in the auto with Rowland at the time of his arrest. Police say they found blood, window cleaner, bleach, and the victim's cellphone in his auto. They say they also found bleach, wipes and cleaner inside the auto.

Police believe her killer used the child safety locks to prevent her from escaping. She is cooperating with police, Timmons said.

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