Murdered college student Samantha Josephson thought killer’s car was an Uber

A young woman murdered in South Carolina this week mistakenly got into a car believing it was her Uber ride — and now the driver is accused of killing her.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, University of South Carolina Samantha Josephson, 21, was reported missing on Friday when she did not re-emerge after getting into a vehicle outside a bar in downtown Columbia early Friday morning. According to, Josephson’s father announced on social media Saturday morning that his daughter had been found dead.

And on Saturday night, the Columbia Police Department held a press conference to announce that police had arrested Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, after officers noticed blood in his car during a traffic stop on Saturday morning. Rowland attempted to flee the scene on foot but officers caught up with him and took him into custody. reports that Columbia Police Chief W.H. Holbrook said at the news conference that Josephson, who is a native of Robbinsville, New Jersey, mistakenly believed that Rowland’s Chevrolet Impala was an Uber.

“She simply mistakenly got into this … car thinking it was an Uber ride,” Chief Holbrook reportedly said at the news conference.

Rowland reportedly activated the child-safety locks in his car so Josephson could not escape. Authorities have not yet released a specific cause of death, but said at the news conference that had discovered her body in a wooded area late Friday afternoon. Police also found her cell phone in Rowland’s car.

The suspect has been charged with kidnapping and murder.

According to, Josephson was a political science major and planned to go to law school at Drexel University in Philadelphia.