The 21-year-old College of South Carolina senior hopped right into a black Chevy Impala, considering it was her trip, Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook stated throughout a information convention.
About 14 hours later, turkey hunters discovered her physique in a discipline 90 miles from Columbia, he stated.
“What we all know now could be that she had, actually, summoned an Uber trip and was ready for that Uber trip to come back,” Holbrook stated, citing surveillance footage. “We imagine that she merely mistakenly acquired into this specific automotive considering it was an Uber trip.”
Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, has been arrested on prices of homicide and kidnapping in reference to Josephson’s dying, Holbrook stated. He’s being held in jail in Columbia. CNN has not decided if he has a lawyer but.
Holbrook stated he spoke with Josephson’s household previous to the press convention.
“Our hearts are damaged, they’re damaged. There’s nothing harder than to face earlier than a household and clarify how a liked one was murdered,” he stated. “It was intestine wrenching, phrases actually cannot describe what they are going by means of.”
Chief says pupil’s blood present in suspect’s automotive
Holbrook described how the case got here collectively rapidly.
Josephson’s roommates started to fret once they hadn’t heard from her later Friday morning. Holbrook stated, and so they referred to as the police round 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Whereas Columbia police have been beginning their investigation, turkey hunters discovered a physique round four p.m. Friday about 40 toes off a mud highway in a wooded space in Clarendon County, southeast of Columbia, Holbrook stated. It was recognized as Josephson’s.
Police looked for the automotive Josephson had gotten into and round three a.m. Saturday a Columbia officer noticed the Impala and stopped the automobile, Holbrook stated. When the officer requested the motive force to get out the automotive, he ran however was rapidly captured, the chief stated.
Investigators searched the Impala.
Blood discovered within the automotive’s passenger aspect and trunk was matched to Josephson’s, the chief stated, and her mobile phone was discovered within the passenger compartment. Investigators additionally discovered a container of liquid bleach, germicidal wipes and window cleaner within the automobile, he stated.
Holbrook additionally stated the kid security locks within the Impala have been activated, which might make it troublesome for anybody to open the again doorways from the within.
Police have not stated how Josephson died and haven’t supplied a lot details about Rowland, besides to say he used to stay in Clarendon County and knew the realm the place the physique was discovered.
“Our investigators and brokers have much more work to do,” Holbrook stated.
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Josephson’s father, Seymour Josephson of New Jersey, confirmed his daughter’s dying Saturday on Fb.
“It’s with large unhappiness and of a damaged coronary heart that I publish this! I’ll miss and love my child lady for the remainder of life. Samantha is not with us however she won’t be for gotten (sic). This can be very arduous to jot down this and publish it however I like her with all my coronary heart. I may proceed to jot down about her nevertheless it kills me. I sit right here and cry whereas wanting on the image and write this,” his publish learn.
Josephson was a political science main, the USC Faculty of Arts and Sciences stated on Twitter.
“Our prayers are with Samantha’s household & associates, & we be part of all the Carolina Household on this time of grief,” the school’s tweet stated.
Pastides additionally suggested college students to “look out for each other, be energetic bystanders. Journey in teams and keep collectively.”
Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin stated “nothing mitigates the ache of the loss of a kid however I’ve full religion & confidence within the males & ladies of the Columbia Police Division & SLED as they ably examine this tragedy.”
“Mayor Dave Fried, B.A. Pleasure Tozzi and everybody in Robbinsville Township are devastated by the information that the Josephson household of Robbinsville have misplaced their valuable Samantha. Our ideas, prayers, boundless grief and limitless assist are with Seymour, Marci and Sydney at this unimaginable time,” the assertion learn.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.