USC Student Kidnapped, Killed After Mistaking Car For Uber

Samantha Josephson 21 was kidnapped and killed on Friday night after getting into a car she mistook for her Uber

Samantha Josephson 21 was kidnapped and killed on Friday night after getting into a car she mistook for her Uber

Investigators said the 21-year-old had ordered an Uber and they believe she thought Rowland's auto was her ride.

The father of a University of SC student who police say was kidnapped and killed after she got into the wrong vehicle thinking it was her Uber is promising to dedicate his life to improving the safety of ride sharing services.

Investigators would not say what they think Rowland did to Josephson from the time she got into his black Chevrolet Impala until her body was dumped in woods off a dirt road in Clarendon County about 65 miles away. "Unfortunately, we have people who are everywhere all the time looking to do harm".

Turkey hunters in rural Clarendon County discovered Josephson's body on Friday afternoon, just over 12 hours after she was spotted hopping into a vehicle outside a bar in Columbia's Five Points area. He's taken away a piece of our heart and soul and life. "She simply mistakenly got into this auto thinking it was an Uber".

"Our hearts are broken; they're broken", Columbia Police Chief W.H. Holbrook said at a press conference on the grim conclusion to the department's investigation.

Nathaniel David Rowland, DOB 4/13/1994, has been arrested on charges of murder and kidnapping in the death of Josephson.

She said her daughter was "bubbly, loving, kind and full of life" and had plans to go to law school after graduation in May.

Members of Josephson's family spoke to the crowd about the 21-year-old, who was found dead on Friday after getting into a auto she thought was her Uber ride.

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Josephson's father, Seymour Josephson, also attended the vigil and urged ridesharing services to improve safety, reported Greenville News.

Columbia Police reported that Josephson's blood was found in the vehicle, both in the cab and in the trunk.

"What we have learned is. you guys have to travel together at night", he said.

"I can't tell you how painful this is", he said. "If there's two of you, something less likely will happen". When the officer asked the driver to get out the auto, he ran but was quickly captured, the chief said. Rowland was listed as being held in jail in Columbia. Samantha is no longer with us, but she will not be forgotten.

Samantha was majoring in political science, the USC College of Arts and Sciences said.

Josephson's funeral will be held on Wednesday in New Jersey.

Saturday, police arrested the man accused of killing Josephson.

"I ask every South Carolinian to join us in praying for the Josephson family", Mr McMaster wrote on Twitter.

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