Post by Graveyardbride on Mar 31, 2019 5:08:08 GMT -5
Student Murdered after Getting into Wrong Car
In the early morning hours of Friday, March 29, Samantha Josephson, 21, a student at the University of South Carolina, called Uber and was last seen getting into a black Chevrolet Impala in the Five Points area of Columbia. Unfortunately, the car driven by 24-year-old Nathaniel Rowland wasn’t her Uber ride and the next time the young woman was seen, she was lying dead in a remote location.
Josephson had gone out with friends Thursday night and while at the Bird Dog bar on Harden Street, she somehow got separated from other members of the group. When her roommates were unable to locate her the following morning, they contacted law enforcement.
While police were conducting a missing-person enquiry, Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call indicating the corpse of a young female had been discovered in a field. “The body had been found by a couple of people hunting … in a field in what was described by the sheriff to us as a wooded area in a very rural part of the county off of a dirt road – about 40 feet off of a dirt road – in an area that would be very difficult to get to unless you knew how to get there,” Columbia Chief of Police William H. “Skip” Holbrook said in a press conference. The location wasn’t far from Rowland’s place of residence.
Around 3 o’clock Saturday morning, an officer spotted a black Chevy Impala matching the description of the subject vehicle approximately two blocks from where the victim was last seen. He stopped the car and asked the driver to step out, after which the young black male took off running. He was captured after a short pursuit and upon returning to the vehicle, the officer observed what appeared to be a large amount of blood. A search warrant was obtained, samples of blood on the passenger side of the car and in the trunk were taken and testing confirmed the blood was that of Josephson. The victim’s cellphone was also found in the vehicle, along with bleach, germicidal wipes and window cleaner. According to Holbrook, the child safety feature on the rear car doors had been activated, suggesting Josephson might not have been unable to escape.
“What we know now is that she had in fact summoned an Uber ride and was waiting for that Uber ride to come, we believe,” Holbrook continued. “We don’t have a statement or any evidence that suggests this, other than our observations on the video. We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride.”
Rowland has been charged with murder and kidnapping.
Josephson, a resident of Robbinsville, New Jersey, was studying political science and was set to graduate in May, after which she planned to attend law school at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.
Sources: Isabella Cueto and David Travis Bland, The Columbia State, March 30, 2019, and Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, March 30, 2019.