South Carolina Student Killed After Getting Into Car She Thought Was Her Uber: Police


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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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A University of South Carolina student was killed after getting into a car she thought was her Uber on Friday, according to police.

Samantha Josephson, 21, got into the black Chevrolet Impala in Columbia, South Carolina, early Friday morning. Her body was dumped 65 miles away in a wooded area in Clarendon County and hunters found it Friday afternoon, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

“She simply, mistakenly, got into the car thinking it was an Uber ride,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said, according to the AP.

“The vehicle pulled up next to her and she got inside,” Columbia Police Department public information officer Jennifer Timmons told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Arrest warrants released Sunday said Josephson suffered from wounds to the face, head, neck, upper body, leg and foot, the AP reported.

“This was a bad scene,” Holbrook said, the AP reported.

Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, was charged with kidnapping and murder.

Police reportedly found Josephson’s blood in Rowland’s car, Josephson’s cellphone, cleaning wipes, bleach and window cleaner. The car also had child locks activated so it would make it difficult for any person to escape, according to a Saturday press conference.

It was unclear how Josephson was attacked. (RELATED: Tire Flies Off 18-Wheeler, Killing Tulane Student In Freak Accident)

Rowland allegedly knew about the area where Josephson’s body was dumped. He previously lived in the area, the AP reported.

Those using Uber are advised to match the driver’s photo and car information given in the app to the actual ride.

Uber directed TheDCNF to law enforcement for further information regarding the incident.

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