Communities mourn college student found dead in S. Carolina

Posted April 04, 2019

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, New Jersey -A University of SC student, who was reported missing, has been found dead, USC President Harris Pastides announced Saturday.

Samantha disappeared early Friday after a night out with friends after she got into a black Chevrolet Impala that police believe she thought was an Uber ride she ordered outside of The Bird Dog in Five Points, a popular hang-out spot among USC students.

The 21-year-old University of SC senior hopped into a black Chevy Impala, thinking it was her ride, Columbia Police Chief W.H.

Nathaniel Rowland has been charged with kidnapping and murder in connection to her death.

Samantha's blood and her cell phone were then found the black Chevy Impala, as well as bleach, wet wipes and germicide.

The warrants say Rowland turned on the child locks in his vehicle so the back doors could only be opened from the outside and also had turned on the window locks.

Richardson says it's not clear when Rowland's next court appearance will be.

Holbrook said hunters found Josephson's body late Friday afternoon off a dirt road in rural Clarendon County, which is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Columbia.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be for gotten (sic). He was being held in the Richland County jail.

He said, "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.

She never returned home and her friends contacted police.

"Our hearts are broken", said Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook in a press conference on Saturday. I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life.

"I see that even in the short time that she was here, how many people she positively impacted with her energy", Corbishley said. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this.

USC was planning a Sunday evening vigil for Josephson on the field behind the school's main recreation center, according to WLTX-19 in SC.

Josephson was a political science major, the USC College of Arts and Sciences said on Twitter.

About 1:30 p.m. Friday: Columbia Police Department received a call from the student housing complex the Hub, on Main Street.

Safety advocates urged college students to match the vehicle color and model, the license tag number, and the photo of their ride-share drivers before getting in a vehicle and make the driver say their names to them before they introduce themselves.