When Samantha Josephson separated from her friends around 2 A.M. after a night out, she didn’t know what is waiting for her. She called an Uber and got into a stranger’s car thinking it was her Uber ride.
After 14 hours, 21 year student was found dead in the morning in a field in Clarendon country. She was severely wounded in neck and body.
She left the Bird Dog bar Columbia, South Carolina on Friday separating from her friends and in the CCTV footage she was seen getting into black Chevrolet Impala outside the Five Points bar.
After some time, her actual Uber ride came and cancelled the drive thinking she missed her Uber.
“What we know now is that she had, in fact, summoned an Uber ride and was waiting for that Uber ride to come,” Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook said, after seeing surveillance footage. “We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride.”
Holbrooke consulted with Josephson’s family before press conference.
“Our hearts are broken, they’re broken. There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered,” he said. “It was gut wrenching, words really can’t describe what they’re going through.”
The prime suspect of the case is Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, who was seen driving a black Chevrolet Impala near the place where the student was kidnapped. The police saw him and arrested him, he tried to run away from the police but Police finally caught him.
Rowland is currently held in Jail in Columbia. He is also held against two misdemeanors one not stopping on Police command and other having the marijuana. He had a female companion during his arrest and Police inquired her.
In the morning when Josephson’s roommates didn’t got connected to her, they called the Police around afternoon. Columbia Police started searching for her when Turkey Hunters found her body in the field.
Police caught the car she got into and they searched the car and it got matched according to the evidence. They also found her phone in the passenger compartment. Blood found in the car was of Josephson’s.
Child safety locks in the black Chevy were activated which means back doors would be difficult to open from backside.
Police didn’t inform much about how Josephson’s death.
“Our investigators and agents have a lot more work to do,” Holbrook said.