Samantha Josephson: Moment student gets into vehicle she thought was Uber

Chevrolet Impala

The man accused of killing a woman who got into his auto thinking it was her Uber ride had activated the child locks in his backseat so the doors could only be opened from the outside, police in SC say.

Throughout the day, students in University of SC clothing placed flowers in front of a memorial at a fountain in Columbia's Five Points bar district where Josephson was last seen.

"We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular auto thinking that it was an Uber ride", Holbrook said.

But the Impala was not her Uber, police said, and the man driving it never took her home.

The first dark vehicle Josephson went up to was not her ride, her father, Seymour Josephson, said.

Josephson was reported missing by her friends on Friday afternoon and later that day her body was found by turkey hunters more than 65 miles away in a wooded area.

After getting into the auto, the driver, identified by police as Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, attacked her, causing numerous wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg and foot with a sharp object, according to arrest warrants and the coroner's report. Investigators said they also found bleach, germicidal wipes and window cleaner in the vehicle.

Samantha Josephson, 21, a student at the University of SC, called an Uber around 2 a.m. Friday in Columbia, and was last seen getting into a black Chevy Impala, said Columbia Police Chief W.H. "I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life", he wrote.

Surveillance video of Josephson outside a bar shows her standing by herself on a curb on the morning she disappeared. The college student's phone was found in Rowland's vehicle, according to police.

Samantha Josephson is pictured in this undated photo released by Columbia Police Department. The message said a customer should always match the vehicle description and license plate with the information in the app and should ask the driver to say his or her name before entering the vehicle.

"It's pretty convenient because if I am at an event, I can park far and catch Uber to where I need to go", Paul Singh, who uses both Uber and Lyft, said. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

Josephson was a political science major, the USC College of Arts and Sciences said on Twitter. "Travel in groups and stay together". "Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort". That way, you can exit the vehicle at any time without trouble.

Josephson's funeral will be held at noon Wednesday at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, according to a post on her father's Facebook page. "Our thoughts, prayers, boundless grief and endless support are with Seymour, Marci and Sydney at this unimaginable time", the statement read.

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