College Student Murdered After Getting Into Wrong Car
Samantha Josephson, a South Carolina college senior who disappeared Friday night after getting into the wrong car, was murdered, Columbia Police confirmed on Saturday night.
According to police, Josephson got into the wrong car after hailing an Uber. An Uber did arrive but could not find her, and the student ended up never returning home or answering any of the repeated calls from her friends, who ended up calling police. Josephson’s body was discovered by hunters on Saturday morning.
The police have charged 25-year-old Nathaniel Rowland after tracking down the black Chevy Impala that Josephson was shown entering in surveillance footage. He was driving the car only two blocks from where Josephson was last seen the night prior and police said the car had blood in the passenger seat and the trunk.
Police also ended up finding bleach and other cleaning supplies in the car, which they believe he was going to use to scour the vehicle. The car also had automatic child safety locks which prevented its passengers from opening the car doors from the inside.
“I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life,” Samantha’s father, Seymour Josephson, wrote on his Facebook page following the horrific news.
Josephson’s death was the third in less than a week across the University of South Carolina system. On Monday, a student committed suicide and on Friday, baseball player Parker Neff passed away after he collapsed on the field during a game.
“The loss of a student is never easy but this has been a particularly painful few days as we have experienced loss on several of our campuses,” USC president Harris Pastides said in a statement. “As a family, let’s continue to pray for all the families experiencing heartache and grief this week.”