USA student mistook murderer´s auto for Uber

USA student mistook murderer´s auto for Uber

State officials on Monday released the cause of death for a University of SC student who was found dead after being abducted from the Five Points area early Friday. Surveillance video captured her standing outside of a bar in the Five Points region of downtown Columbia, S.C., waiting on an Uber driver to pick her up.

Samantha Josephson, 21, had just left a group of friends at a local bar and requested an Uber to take her back home on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Josephson and his wife were planning to visit SC on Sunday to surprise their daughter - but ended up coming for a far more tragic reason, the outlet reported.

Josephson's friends reported her missing to Columbia police on Friday morning when she didn't return home and did not answer their phone calls. After separating form her roommates, she mistakenly got into a black Chevy Impala thinking it was her Uber.

Holbrook said Rowland had previously lived near the area where Josephson's body was found, a place the police chief described as "very hard to get to unless you knew how to get there".

The man charged with kidnapping and murdering a 21-year-old University of SC student is scheduled to appear in court on Sunday.

Columbia Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Timmons told The State newspaper another woman was in the vehicle with Rowland at the time of his arrest.

University of SC president Harris Pastides said in a statement, "Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death". "I cannot fathom how someone could randomly select a person, a attractive girl, and steal her life away", she said while reading a statement.

"There are no words to describe the vast pain, his actions have caused our family and friends", Marci Josephson said. "He's taken away a piece of our heart and soul and life".

"It sickens us to think that his face was the last thing that my baby girl saw on this Earth".

"Even in the short time she was here, how many people she positively impacted with her energy", he said.

"He should never be given the right to walk free again for what he did to my daughter, or given the opportunity to hurt anybody else ..."

Samantha's heartbroken dad, Seymour, paid tribute to his daughter on Facebook. Don't ever forget her name.

Josephson reportedly was remembered at a vigil held for her last night by hundreds of fellow students.

Samantha's boyfriend, identified in media accounts only as "Greg", also spoke at the vigil. Fielding Pringle, the public defender for Rowland, said Sunday she has no statement on behalf of her client at this time.

"I can't tell you how painful this is", he said.

"Let's be honest - you guys are drinking, leaving the bar, or whatever it may be", he said.

"A hole in our universe and we see the unimaginable ripple, affect her world".

Funeral arrangements have already been scheduled for Josephson.

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